Did You Know?

  • 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
  • Around 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer each year.
  • Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
  • Skin cancers account for about 80% of all new cancers diagnosed each year in Australia. Each year, Australians are 4 times more likely to develop a common skin cancer than any other form of cancer.
  • Over 750,000 Australians are treated for skin cancer each year – that’s over 2,000 people every day.
  • Skin cancer already cost the health system around $300 million annually over a decade ago, the highest cost of all cancers. More recently it has been calculated that the total cost of non-melanoma skin cancers alone was $512.3 million in 2010 (diagnosis, treatment and pathology).
  • The most commonly diagnosed cancer among adolescents and young adults is melanoma; it accounts for more than one-quarter of all cancers among Australians aged 15–29 years.
  • In 2012, 313 Victorians died from melanoma.
  • Ninety per cent of Victorians are alive five years following a diagnosis of melanoma. This has improved significantly from 85% in 1985.
  • It is estimated that approximately 200 melanomas and 34,000 non-melanoma skin cancers per year are caused by occupational exposures in Australia.
  • In Victoria, melanoma is the fourth most common cancer overall. 2,261 Victorians were diagnosed with melanoma in 2012 (that is equivalent to six diagnoses every day).
  • Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer for Victorian women (behind breast, bowel and lung).
  • Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer in Victorian men (behind prostate, bowel and lung).
  • Research shows that using solariums before the age of 35 boosts the risk of melanoma by 59%.

Skin facts provided by SunSmartSkin Cancer Facts and Stats.