What we know about skin cancer
- Skin cancer is Australia’s most common, most costly, and one of the most preventable cancers.
- Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.
- It is estimated that in 2022, 17,756 melanomas will have been diagnosed in Australia.
- Currently, two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.
- Every year, over 2,000 people are expected to die from skin cancer.
- It’s estimated that almost twice as many men as women will die from melanoma in 2022 (825 and 456 respectively).
- Over-exposure to UV radiation causes 95% of melanomas, the deadliest form of skin cancer, meaning it’s almost entirely preventable.
Sun protection isn’t just needed at the beach or by the pool – you can get sunburnt and skin damage while you play, hang out the washing, walk the dog or enjoy an outdoor BBQ.