Informative statistics about melanoma in Australia

Informative statistics about melanoma in Australia

Melanoma occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells, caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure, triggers mutations that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumours (Source: Skin Cancer Foundation). Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer (Source: SunSmart).

Melanoma in Australia:

  • More than 12,500 new cases are diagnosed, each year in Australia.
  • One Australian will die every six hours from melanoma (1,500 per year)
  • Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world.

Which age groups are most likely to be affected?

  • In 20–34 year-olds, melanoma kills more often than any other single cancer.
  • Melanoma is the most common cancer in Australians aged 15–39 years.
  • It is estimated that 1 in 17 Australians (5.5%) will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime.
  • Younger people are now experiencing fewer melanomas than in previous generations, presumably because sun protection has greatly improved.
  • Melanoma makes up only 2.3% of all skin cancers but is responsible for 75% of skin cancer deaths. (Source: Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc., Cancer Council)

If melanoma is detected early, it is almost always curable. Remember to check your skin every month and go to your Doctor immediately if you notice changes. Dermatologists and medical doctors recommend wearing SOLBARI UPF50+ sun protective clothing, UV resistant swimwear and sun hats for outdoor activities to help maintain a healthy and skin safe in the sun.

Contact us if you would like more information about our sun protective products. You can email us at info@solbari.com

The SOLBARI Team
This blog post is for information purposes only.



Also in Solbari Blog

6 myths about skin cancer and sun protection
6 myths about skin cancer and sun protection

Here, we bust the myths about melanoma, skin cancer and sun protection. We give you healthy tips about UPF50+ sun protective clothing and SPF50+ sunscreen.

Read More
How you can help us raise awareness about sun protection by sharing your story
Help us raise awareness about sun protection and skin conditions by sharing your story

Over the coming weeks, we will be publishing more stories from our Solbari Community with a mission to help raise awareness about skin cancer, melanoma, sun protection, and skin conditions.

If you are interested in sharing your story, please answer our questions from the relevant questionnaire and send us a picture of yourself being sun safe in the outdoors.

Read More
Your Story Series: Meet Helena Mc Loughlin
Your Story Series: Meet Helena Mc Loughlin

I was diagnosed with SCLE Lupus two years ago after having had a skin rash that covered my chest for about six months at a time over the previous four years. Lupus is an autoimmune disorder which is mainly triggered by exposure to sunlight. This means I am extremely sun sensitive - even the winter sun is very dangerous for me.
Read More
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY