While most Australians are well aware of the risk posed by spending too much time under our harsh sun, new research shows one group in particular is still at high risk of skin cancer.

The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has revealed that a staggering one in two Aussie men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. 

The new data shows there will be 197,876 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Australia this year alone, with 120,034 of cases found in men.

The estimates reveal Australian men are at a 49.58 per cent risk of developing some form of cancer before they reach the age of 75 – more than double the world average of 22 per cent.

Meanwhile, women are less likely to contract the disease, with a 33.36 per cent chance.

Not surprisingly, the most common type of cancer is non-melanoma skin cancer – with 59, 278 new cases in found 2018.

Thankfully, non-melanoma skin cancer is usually non-life threatening, with only 1.79 per cent of the cases proved to be fatal in 2018.


Cancer Council Australia chief executive Sanchia Aranda said: ‘Non-melanoma skin cancer costs the Australian government about a billion dollars a year in healthcare costs, it’s one of the most expensive cancers because of the sheer volume of it.’

‘It’s never too late to protect your skin from the sun and we encourage all Australian’s to be aware that it’s UV not heat so take note of the UV levels on any given day and avoid prolonged periods out in the sun,’ she said.

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