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 over 80,000 Kiwis get non melanoma skin cancer each year.
- Each year more than 2,000 melanomas are reported to the New Zealand cancer registry.
- In 2009 it was estimated that $57m was the annual cost of treating skin cancer. This estimate was before immunotherapy agents such as Opdivo and Keytruda were available.
The following boxes summarise the latest figures (2015) from the Ministry of Health.
2,424 people(1,358 males and 1,066 females)
39 Māori(18 males and 21 females)
Fourth most commonly reported (registered) cancer (accounting for 10.7% of all registrations)
Skin Cancer Deaths
535 deaths from skin cancer
8 Māori(5 males and 3 females)
Of these, 378 deaths were from melanoma and 157 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.
|Melanoma||Incl. Non-melanoma (estimated)||Road|