5 key facts on where Aussies stand on melanoma

Aussie men are most at risk, possibly because they're less likely to be sun-safe

Australian men are more likely to die from melanoma than anybody else in the world, possibly because they don’t engage with sun-safe campaigns, research presented at a cancer conference suggests.  

Based on WHO data from 33 countries, death rates were highest for Australian blokes, with 5.7 deaths recorded per 100,000 men between 2013 and 2015.

However, data for this period was not available for the US, Canada and New Zealand.

Men in other countries shouldn't breathe a sigh of relief, according to the presentation by Dr Dorothy Yang from Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust at the National Cancer Research Institute conference in Scotland.

Mortality rates were higher for men than for women in all countries

The research was based on 1985-2015 data and was aimed at identifying if new preventive, diagnostic and treatment regimes were having an impact on age-standardised death rates.