Facts and figures
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.
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.
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