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Melanoma Statistics 2017
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published these melanoma statistics, identifying the disease as the fourth most common cancer in Australia. Other statistics include:
Estimated number of new cases of melanoma of the skin diagnosed in 2017: 13,941 = 8,392 males + 5,549 females
Estimated % of all new cancer cases diagnosed in 2017: 10.4%
Estimated number of deaths from melanoma of the skin in 2017: 1,839 = 1,280 males + 559 females
Estimated % of all deaths from cancer in 2017: 3.9%
Chance of surviving at least 5 years (2009–2013): 90.4%
People living with melanoma of the skin at the end of 2012 (diagnosed in the 5 year period 2008 to 2012): 51,697
How common is melanoma of the skin in Australia?
In 2013, there were 12,744 new cases of melanoma of the skin diagnosed in Australia (7,513 males and 5,232 females). In 2017, it is estimated that 13,941 new cases of melanoma of the skin will be diagnosed in Australia (8,392 males and 5,549 females).
In 2013, the age-standardised incidence rate was 50.3 cases per 100,000 persons (61.9 for males and 40.4 for females). In 2017, it is estimated that the age-standardised incidence rate will be 49.7 cases per 100,000 persons (62.1 for males and 39.0 for females).
Melanoma of the skin was the 4th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia in 2013. It is estimated that it will remain the 4th most commonly diagnosed cancers in 2017.
In 2017, it is estimated that the risk of an individual being diagnosed with melanoma of the skin by their 85th birthday will be 1 in 13 males and 1 in 23 females.
In 2017, it is expected the incidence rate of melanoma of the skin will generally increase with age.