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  • by Oz Skin Cancer Clinic
  • September 02, 2018

Australians have the highest chance of being diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer and the 2nd highest risk of melanoma (only outpaced by New Zealand in 2016). At least 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70. Every year, there are about 1 million skin cancer related medical services in Australia.

But why?

Fair skin and fair hair. Although anybody can get melanoma and skin cancer, the fairer the skin and hair, the more likely skin cancer can develop. Australians are predominantly fair-skinned people.

Extremely high UV index. Australia has higher UV index throughout the year as compared to Europe, largely due to South hemisphere is closer to the sun in summer than North hemisphere (in its summer), depletion of ozone layer on the Antarctic pole, and our clearer atmospheric conditions (find more here).

Australia’s Sun-Worshipping lifestyle. Our country has a fantastic climate for an outdoor lifestyle: sports, gardening, beach days and etc. For example, tennis and cricket are a few examples of the sports Aussies regularly engage in, but highly associated with skin cancers.

It is vital that you have skin checked regularly. When found early, most melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers are curable. Be sure to schedule a skin health check every year with your skin cancer doctor. Books yours today by calling (03) 5608 0000 or by completing the online request form.