Australia has the highest melanoma rates in the world. Melanoma is often referred to as ‘Australia’s national cancer’.
It is expected that 16,800 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma this year
1 Australian is diagnosed with melanoma every 30 minutes
It is estimated 1300 Australians will die from melanoma this year
One Australian dies from melanoma every 6 hours
Melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australia
Melanoma is the most common cancer for Australians aged 20 to 39
Melanoma is the second most common cancer in Australian men, after prostate cancer
Melanoma is the third most common cancer in Australian women, after breast and colorectal cancer
95% of melanomas are caused by overexposure to UV radiation from the sun
If caught early, 90% of melanomas can be cured by surgery
In the last decade, the 5-year overall survival rate for advanced melanoma has increased from <10% to >50%.
In 2011, melanoma was Australia’s 7th most deadly cancer. In 2021, melanoma was Australia’s 11th most deadly cancer.
Source – aihw.gov.au
Further research is vital to achieve our mission of zero deaths from melanoma.