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Skin cancer in Australia

By Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Skin cancer in Australia provides comprehensive national information and statistics on skin cancer. It includes the latest available data and estimates to 2016, as well as trends over time. The report also describes risk factors, and presents a section on the limitations of non- melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) data in Australia, as well as future opportunities. Skin cancer accounts for the largest number of cancers diagnosed in Australia each year. In 2016, an estimated 13,280 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in Australia, and 1,770 people will die from this disease. The age-standardised incidence rate of melanoma has increased from 27 cases per 100,000 in 1982 to 49 per 100,000 in 2016. However, for people aged less than 40 the incidence rate has dropped from a peak of 13 cases per 100,000 in 2002 to an estimated 9.4 per 100,000 in 2016. Between 1982 and 2016, the age-standardised mortality rate has risen from 4.7 deaths per 100,000 to an estimated 6.2 deaths per 100,000. The total number of new cases of NMSC is unknown because the most recent data available for the two most commonly diagnosed NMSCs is for 2002. NMSC was estimated to account for more cases diagnosed than all other cancers combined in 2002. In 2016, an estimated 560 people will die from NMSC, with a mortality rate of 1.9 deaths per 100,000 people

Topics: Cancer, National health services, Public health, Aboriginal Australians--Health, Government spending policy
Publisher: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Year: 2016
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