It’s no secret that Australians love the outdoors, and with summer fast approaching, and the mercury already hitting record highs, it seems we are all heading to the water to find relief.
Sadly, it is this love of the outdoors that has given Australia the highest Incidence rates in the world for melanoma (Skin Cancer) followed closely by New Zealand.
Below are some sobering statistics about melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer and melanomas in the world, with Queensland having the highest incidence in Australia.
Melanoma makes up only 2.3% of all skin cancers but is responsible for 75% of skin cancer deaths. In 2007, there were 10,342 new reported cases of melanomas in Australia and 1,279 deaths from it.
Melanomas were the most commonly diagnosed cancer among adolescents and young adults between 2003 and 2007; it accounted for more than one-quarter of all cancers in this age
In 2008, the incidence rate of melanomas of the skin in Australia (37 cases per 100,000 people) was nearly thirteen times higher than the average world rate (3 cases per 100,000 people).
It is estimated that approximately 200 melanomas and 34,000 non-melanoma skin cancers per year are caused by occupational exposures in Australia.
The impact that this, or any disease or illness can have on you and your family not only emotionally, but financially can be enormous.
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