Skin Cancer Facts and Statistics – Australia

While these statistics are from Australia it shows the depth of the problem.


  • 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. [1]

  • Around 2,000 Australians die from skin cancer each year. [2]

  • Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

  • Skin cancers account for about 80% of all new cancers diagnosed each year in Australia. Each year, Australians are 4 times more likely to develop a common skin cancer than any other form of cancer.[3]

  • Over 750,000 Australians are treated for skin cancer each year [4] – that’s over 2,000 people every day.

  • Skin cancer already cost the health system around $300 million annually over a decade ago, the highest cost of all cancers. More recently it has been calculated that the total cost of skin cancers (other than melanoma) alone was $512.3 million in 2010 (diagnosis, treatment and pathology). [4][5]

  • The most commonly diagnosed cancer among adolescents and young adults is melanoma; it accounts for more than one-quarter of all cancers among Australians aged 15–29 years. [6]

  • In 2013, 374 Victorians died from melanoma. [7]

  • Eighty-nine per cent of Victorians are alive five years following a diagnosis of melanoma. [7] This has improved significantly from 85% in 1985. [8]

  • It is estimated that approximately 200 melanomas and 34,000 other skin cancer types per year are caused by occupational exposures in Australia. [9]

  • In Victoria, melanoma is the fifth most common cancer overall. 2,307 Victorians were diagnosed with melanoma in 2013 (that is equivalent to six diagnoses every day). [7]

  • Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer for Victorian women (behind breast, bowel and lung).[7]

  • Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer in Victorian men (behind prostate, bowel and lung). [7]

  • Research shows that using solariums before the age of 35 boosts the risk of melanoma by 59%. [10]

For more information visit Cancer Council’s Skin Cancer Statistics & Issues.