Melanoma: the facts

Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world, and melanoma is often referred to as 'Australia's national cancer'.

This year, it is expected that one person will be diagnosed with melanoma every half an hour.

Melanoma is the most common cancer affecting 15 to 39 year old Australians.


UV exposure is the greatest risk factor for melanoma.


Melanoma kills 1 Australian every 5 hours.


Early detection is vital to save lives.
If caught early 90% of melanomas can be cured by surgery.


Skin is your body's largest organ.
You can get melanoma anywhere.

For women it is most common on legs.
For men it is most common on the back.