Why is skin cancer so common in Australia?

Table of contents

Share this post:
Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

It’s well known that Australia has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world. But why is the disease so common? 

Why skin cancer is so common: the perfect storm

1.  Location: Not only does Australia have a large number of sunny days per year, 246 days of sunshine on average. It is also located near the Antarctic ozone hole, which is a severe thinning of the ozone layer each spring. As a result, more damaging UV rays can penetrate the atmosphere, creating a high UV index and causing harm to unprotected skin.

2.  Lifestyle: Many people in Australia also enjoy active, outdoor lifestyles. Outdoor sports and activities such as water sports, gardening sand beach days are common. Although it may be on the decline, there is also a common cultural preference for tanned skin. Many people might think that they look better with a “healthy tan,” and this encourages harmful tanning practices within the population.

3.  Skin type: Another reason that explains why skin cancer rates are so high in Australia is the large proportion of fair-skinned people living in the region. While Aboriginal Australians rarely develop skin cancers, the descendants of European colonists who came to Australia in the late 18th century are living in an environment to which their skin is not adapted. Light skin contains less melanin, our body’s natural protection from UV radiation; this means that these skin types are much more vulnerable to developing skin cancer.

Learn the health of your skin
Why is skin cancer so common in Australia? 1
Check your skin for skin cancer today.

SkinVision Customer Stories

"I think it probably saved my life"
Seonaid Sichel
United Kingdom
"SkinVision gave me the confidence to go and ask the doctor"
William Webber
United Kingdom
"The melanoma could have been on my arm for years"
Andrew Bartlett
United Kingdom
"I’m now under strict watch"
Barry Joblin
New Zealand
"I think it probably saved my life"
Seonaid Sichel
United Kingdom
"SkinVision gave me the confidence to go and ask the doctor"
William Webber
United Kingdom
"The melanoma could have been on my arm for years"
Andrew Bartlett
United Kingdom
"I’m now under strict watch"
Barry Joblin
New Zealand

Skin Health news

SkinVision PZU
What to Expect from Your Skin Check Appointment
SkinVision partners with leading Australian sun protective clothing brand Solbari
How the SkinVision App Revealed my Husband’s Melanoma
Why sunscreen is important for UV-protection year-round
What’s my skin type?
SkinVision adopted by leading Australian health fund in the fight against skin cancer
UV Rays - what are they and how can we protect ourselves from them?