Skin Cancer rates here are the second highest in the world

When was your last skin check? Because a new report has found our country has the world’s second highest rates of melanoma in the world!

Yes. In…the…world.

And Queensland had the highest incidence rate in Australia with 67 cases per 100,000 people compared to the second-highest state, Western Australia, with 49.1 cases per 100,000 people.

The ‘Skin Cancer in Australia’ report found that skin cancer was actually the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia each year and, therefore, a major cause of illness.

The researchers estimated that, this year alone more than 13,000 new cases of melanoma would be diagnosed in Australia; and 1770 people Australians would die from skin cancer.

Skin cancer survival rates are improving

Fortunately for us, survival rates are going up, and are actually better than for all other cancers combined.

The report shows that in the years between 2007 and 2011, Aussies who were diagnosed with melanoma had a 90 per cent chance of surviving for at least five years afterwards. This is a much better outcome than for any other cancers, where the survival rate was just 67 per cent.

Prevention is better than a cure

The critical thing to remember about skin cancer is that it is mostly preventable, and early detection makes a huge difference to your outcome.

The report was very clear that:

  • regular use of sunscreen reduces the risk of developing melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma skin cancers.
  • the risk of developing skin cancer rises based on the amount of UV radiation you’re exposed to. Avoid overexposure to the sun, and avoid solariums (which can emit up to five times the UV radiation of the midday summer sun!!)
  • your risk of being diagnosed with melanoma is higher if you have a close relative (such as mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or sun) who has also been diagnosed with melanoma.

When was your last skin check?

Because we have such high rates of skin cancer in Cairns, Doctors at Cairns Skin Centre recommend you get your skin checked annually by a professional.

Performing a thorough skin cancer check at our clinic usually take around 10-15 minutes, which will also allow for some time for you to ask your doctor about any concerns you might have.

If your doctor believes any of your moles or spots are a concern, they’ll talk to you about what treatment options are available and will usually take a biopsy (sample) to do some further tests.

In most cases, skin cancer can be treated easily and successfully with simple surgery done in our purpose-built operating rooms at Cairns Skin Centre. Some less aggressive skin cancers can even be treated with other non-surgical techniques.

You can make an appointment today by calling 07 4032 6762.

Skin Cancer rates here are the second highest in the world

Make an Appointment

Consultations with one of our medical practitioners is by appointment only. Call (07) 4032 6788 between 8am and 5pm to talk to one of our friendly receptionists.

Note that in some instances you may require a referral from your GP.