Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Australia and accounts for about 80% of all new cancers diagnosed each year. Approximately 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. Non-melanoma skin cancer is more common in men, with almost double the incidence compared to women. In 2015, 2162 people died from skin cancer in Australia, 1520 from melanoma and 642 from non-melanoma skin cancers.
Both the Federal Government and the State Governments and Cancer Councils are active in skin cancer
prevention programmes. However the Cancer Council of Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists do not recommend population-based screening for any type of skin cancer. They do recommend that individuals carry out self-monitoring for skin cancer.
See the Healthdirect Australia: skin cancer pages for more information.