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Melanoma in NSW

The latest incidence data and trends for melanoma in NSW.

Key incidence facts

  • Melanoma incidence ranked third in males and fourth in females and fourth overall.
  • Incidence rates of melanoma have not changed significantly over the last ten years.
  • After allowing for differences in age, males were 1.7 times more likely than females to be diagnosed with melanoma.
  • The majority of new melanoma cases were diagnosed in people aged 60 years and over: 68 per cent of males and 57 per cent of females.
  • One in thirteen males will develop melanoma by the age of 85 years.

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Melanoma cancer incidence statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll people
New cases, 2010 2,344 1,554 3,898
New cases, 2001 1,760 1,244 3,004
Percentage of all cancer, 2010 10.5% 9.1% 9.9%
Rank against all cancer, 2010 3 4 4
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 63.4 38.3 49.6
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 56.9 36.1 45.3
APC2 between 2001 and 2010 0.5% 0.1% 0.4%
Risk of diagnosis by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 13 1 in 23 1 in 17
Median age at diagnosis, 2010 67 63 65

upward trend Increasing trend (p<0.05) over years 2001 to 2010.

downward trend Decreasing trend (p<0.05) over years 2001 to 2010.

Melanoma incidence, age-standardised rate, NSW, 1972-2010

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Melanoma cases by age group, NSW, 2010

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Melanoma mortality statistics, NSW, 2001, 20103
StatisticMalesFemalesAll
people
Total deaths, 2010 349 139 488
Total deaths, 2001 279 146 425
Percentage of all cancer deaths, 2010 4.6% 2.3% 3.6%
Rank against all cancer deaths, 2010 7 14 9
ASR1 per 100,000, 2010 9.5 3.2 5.9
ASR1 per 100,000, 2001 9.3 4.0 6.3
Risk of death by age 85 years, 2010 1 in 83 1 in 236 1 in 128
Median age at death, 2010 74 73 74

Key mortality facts

  • The mortality rate from melanoma has been stable in females since the early 1980s, but has steadily risen in males.
  • After allowing for differences in age, melanoma deaths were three times more likely to occur in males than in females.
  • The majority of melanoma deaths occurred in people aged 60 years and over: 82 per cent of males and 77 per cent of females.
  • Melanoma deaths ranked 7th in males, 14th in females and 9th overall.

Melanoma mortality, age-standardised rate, 1972-20083

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Melanoma deaths by age group, NSW, 2010

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Notes

  1. ASR is age-standardised rate, standardised to the Australian 2001 population.
  2. APC is the average Annual Percent Change in ASR calculated from a log linear model, fitted to rates over the years 2001 to 2010. For further information refer to Appendix 4 of the Cancer in NSW: Incidence and Mortality Report 2010.
  3. At the time this report was produced, 2009 death data had not been processed and 2009 incidence excludes death certificate only (DCO) cases. For further information please refer to Appendix 3 of Cancer in NSW: Incidence and Mortality Report 2010.

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