New Zealand has some of the highest skin cancer rates and skin cancer-related deaths in the world. The burden of this disease is at epidemic levels without any signs of slowing down.
Broadly, there are two main groups of skin cancers – Melanoma Skin Cancer and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer.
> NZ has the Highest incidence rate of this in the world
> Melanoma is the third most common cancer in men and women in New Zealand
> More than 350 New Zealanders will die from Melanoma every year
> Early detection and treatment is KEY
> Melanoma spotted early can be successfully treated by surgery and if melanoma is discovered when it is less than 1mm thick, the outcome is excellent.
Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all types of human cancers. Melanoma is one of the most common types of cancer and it can affect anyone. When spotted early, melanoma has a cure rate of 85%.
Skin checks by a qualified doctor are the most efficient way of detecting skin cancer. People often come to get a single mole checked, but a full skin check can reveal other skin cancers they weren’t aware of.
Fair-skinned people who sunburn easily are at particularly high risk for developing skin cancer. However, you should definitely consider booking an appointment if you are:
> Someone who has a family or a personal history of skin cancer
> Over 50 years of age
> Someone who spends a lot of time outside for work or play.