Skin Cancer in the ACT

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The ACT Chief Health Officer (CHO) Report 2020 was released in May of 2021.

To keep up to date with current cancer (and other health) trends and stats in the ACT visit HealthStats ACT.

The 2020 report listed melanoma as the second most common diagnosed cancer among ACT males between 2013 to 2017 with an average number of 106 melanoma cases diagnosed per year. The same report listed melanoma as the third most common diagnosed cancer in ACT females between the same period with an average of 77 melanoma cases diagnosed per year.  

Cases of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer (NMSC) are not routinely reported in the ACT cancer registry (or in most states) however figures are obtained from population based surveys.

In 2014 there were close to 1 million cases (number of paid Medicare services, not people) of non melanoma skin cancers treated each year in Australia, this figure is set to climb further before it declines due mainly to an aging population. In 2018 there were 678 non-melanoma skin cancer related deaths in Australia (ABS - Causes of Death, Australia 2019). 

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