Skin Cancer, Melanoma Awareness

Melanoma: Risk levels in New Zealand

New Zealand's melanoma statistics and opportunities for prevention

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Posted 28/02/14
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It is a fact that melanoma NZ is a serious health problem faced by a growing number of New Zealanders. For this reason, each person must realize their individual risk of developing this type of skin cancer and take the appropriate measures for prevention and detection as well. Even though this medical condition is extremely dangerous, it can be treated successfully and cured completely if it is caught early on. A chance like this should not be missed.

Melanoma NZ statistics

The latest official statistics for the country are from 2010 and they show disturbing results. They show that melanoma is the fourth most common type of cancer. In 2010 alone, 2,341 patients were diagnosed with the condition. Some 324 people died from this condition in the same year. The numbers are quite high given the population of the country.

It is a common misconception that melanoma NZ affects only old individuals. The statistics show that it is the most common type of cancer in men between 25 and 44 years of age. It is the second most common type of cancer in women of the same age group. In general, it has been found that this type of cancer is more common in men than in women. Men develop thicker carcinomas as well.

Individuals with fair skin are more likely to develop this form of skin cancer. However, this does not mean that they should not take adequate measures for protection. This is because they are more likely to have thicker carcinomas. Furthermore, their cancerous moles tend to develop more rapidly. They are often more difficult to diagnose since they often grow on their soles and under their nails.

Melanoma NZ prevention

The statistical data shows how serious the risk is. In this case, serious measures for prevention are required. You must use all methods for protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. You should examine your skin on a regular basis preferably every month to identify any suspicious growths. You should get a mole exam as frequently as your doctor recommends based on your individual level of risk.

It is important for you to use the complete set of preventive measures irrespective of your age, gender and skin colour. Similarly, you must take all necessary measures to protect your children as well. It is best if they are educated about the risks of prolonged sun exposure and tanning from an early age.

It is possible to fight melanoma NZ effectively when the right actions are taken.

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