Over 55? You're at risk

A study conducted at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has revealed that Queensland men over 55 have the greatest risk of skin cancer.

The study measured the rates of keratinocyte (non-melanoma) skin cancers among the adult population within Australia - finding the older male demographic to have the highest rates.

Other findings in this research include:

  • 1 in 14 adults over 20 had at least one non-melanoma removed between 2011 and 2014
  • In total, more than 183,000 skin cancers were removed within the last four years
  • Basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) account for more than 500 deaths each year
  • 74% of all skin cancers removed came from only 47% of the population - meaning most skin cancers occur in a small group of people

 

Reference:

Huffington Post