Fast Facts

  • Melanoma only rarely occurs in children but occurs in all other age groups.
  • Men over 50 years represent 12% of the population but account for more than 50% of all skin cancer deaths.
  • The Hunter Region has one of the highest incidence of Melanoma in the world.
  • People with a lot of moles have a higher risk of melanoma. Adults with more than 10 on the arms and more than 200 on the body should have their moles checked regularly by their GP.
  • 1 in 25 males and 1 in 30 females in our region will suffer from Melanoma.
  • Risk factors for Melanoma include; a large number of moles; fair skin; a tendency to sunburn easily; family history of Melanoma; excessive sun exposure under the age of 15.
  • Solariums, sun lamps & sun beds still harmful UV rays that damage your skin and can cause melanoma.
  • One in two Australians will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Each year about 3,000 people in NSW are diagnosed with melanoma.
  • Melanoma is the most common cancer in males aged 25 to 54 and in females aged 15 to 29 years. It is the second most common cancer in women 30 to 54 years of age. While in the overall Australian population melanoma ranks as the third most common cancer.