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Australia and especially Queensland have the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world. An estimated 1 in 2 Australians will develop a skin cancer during their life time. The incidence of melanoma has increased 19% in men and 7% in women from 1993 to 2002. It is fourth most frequently diagnosed cancer and the tenth most common cause of cancer death in Australia. The five year survival rate for early detection of melanoma was 89% in men and 93 in women. Researchers reiterate that it is important to engage in sun protection at all ages.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by National Nine News
About: Skin cancer rate increasing in Australia
Date: 22 December 2004
Source: National Nine News
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