Skin Cancer

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. This high rate of skin cancer is due to a number of factors including our love of the outdoors, the harsh summer sun and because many Australians have fair skin not suited to the Australian climate.

At a glance

  • Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70
  • Over 750,000 Australians are treated for skin cancer each year, that is over 2000 people every day
  • More than 2000 Australians die from skin cancer each year
  • Melanoma skin cancer is the 4th most common cancer in Australia

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