Facts and figures

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand.

Most skin cancers are treated by doctors in their communities. A much smaller number need treatment at hospital.

  • It is estimated that 69,000 Kiwis get skin cancer every year.
  • Of these, an estimated 67,000 are non-melanoma skin cancers.
  • More than 2,000 melanomas are reported to the New Zealand cancer registry.
  • It is estimated that $57m is the annual cost of treating skin cancer.

Figures from The Cost of Skin Cancer to New Zealand - A report to The Cancer Society of New Zealand (2009)

These figures relate to melanoma and are the latest figures available (2013).

Skin Cancer Reported

2,366 people(1,226 males and 1,140 females)

42 Māori(16 males and 26 females)

Fourth most commonly reported (registered) cancer (accounting for 10.7% of all registrations)

Skin Cancer Deaths

489 deaths from skin cancer(320 males and 169 females)

10 Māori(6 males and 4 females)

Of these, 356 deaths were from melanoma and 133 deaths from non-melanoma skin cancer

In recent years, more New Zealanders die from melanoma than die on our roads. The good news is that most melanomas can be successfully treated by your doctor.

If you notice any unusual skin changes or see a spot or mole that is different from others, get it checked by your doctor.

 

Comparison - number of deaths from road traffic crashes and skin cancer

  Melanoma Incl. Non-melanoma (estimated) Road
2001 244   440
2002 235   422
2003 285   465
2004 249   436
2005 269   405
2006 287   391
2007 292   427
2008 317   366
2009 326 446 384
2010 324 444 375
2011 359 479 284
2012 354 486 308
2013 356 489 253