Skin Cancer Statistics: Australians, Sun & Skin Cancers

Australian Skin Cancer Statistics: Aussies and Sun – what you need to remember this summer.

We have a sporty, outdoor-focused culture in Australia. This is partially related to our weather patterns as well our coastal hot spots for holidays. But the SUN is NOT a friendly force for our skin health nor our ageing processes.  The sun ages us rapidly AND with too MUCH exposure, readily leads us looking 10 years older than our less-sun exposed peers. With sun exposure implicated in the development of Melasma (pigmentation differences across the face), and higher skin cancer rates, what are the Skin Cancer Statistics that you need to know about?

Can you avoid Australian sun exposure damaging your skin?

  • Remember that 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70.
  • More than 2,000 Australians will die from skin cancer every year.
  • We sometimes get complacent about sun exposure, thinking sunscreen will keeps us safe.
  • But it’s cumulative sun exposure that has the greatest impact – as well as how well you protect yourself from the sun on any given day – that’s important in preventing sun spots, premature ageing and skin-deforming cancers.
  • So prevention is a multi-faceted endeavour – limiting exposure, covering up, wearing the right types of protection AND minimising your time in the sun.

Skin Cancer Statistics

Are Australians Good at Sun Protection? – Skin Cancer Statistics & The truth about protective clothing and best sunscreens for your skin.

Slip, slop and slap are good behaviours, but only if you’re diligent.

If you don’t treat sun protection with a religious-like zeal, you are likely NOT doing your skin any favours.

Professor Sanchia Aranda, CEO, Cancer Council Australia, has indicated that it’s a huge concern that sun protection behaviours among adults has actually potentially deteriorated.


  • The Cancer Council National Sun Protection Survey revealed the proportion of adults slipping on clothing to protect themselves from the sun has decreased from 19% to 17% in the last three years.
  • In addition, people may be spending MORE time in the sun than before because they think wearing the best sunscreens means they don’t have to limit exposure (it does NOT mean this).
  • Global warming or not – keep your skin looking great and stay healthy – watch out for too much sun!

Look beneath the surface of your skin!

Watch a quick video about a Benefit Peel for reducing sun damage and Melasma type of pigmentation; and the Canfield Reveal imaging assessment skin (~ 90 seconds in length).

And call us on (03) 8849 1444 to ask about a sun damage assessment using high-tech imaging systems such as Canfield Reveal!

Last updated: September 25, 2020
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Dr Richard Maxwell MBBS FRACS(Plas)
Mr. Richard Maxwell graduated in medicine from Monash University in Melbourne in 1981. He trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Alfred Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit in Melbourne. He completed his training in 1989, gaining the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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