Deadly skin cancer most prevalent in WA

AN UNCOMMON skin cancer occurs in Australia at twice the rate of other countries and is more deadly than melanoma, researchers have shown.

Researchers from the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research showed that in WA, the incidence of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), an aggressive cutaneous skin cancer, was one per 100,000 in men, and slightly less in women.

“The incidence of MCC in WA is the highest reported in world literature,” lead author Professor Lin Fritschi said.

MCC was shown to be more aggressive than melanoma, with five-year survival rates of only 64%, compared with 90% for