Cancer down in younger people

ONE group of Aussies appears to be really embracing the "slip, slop, slap" message with skin cancer diagnosis in younger people on the decline.

The Skin Cancer in Australia report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows the rate of skin cancer diagnoses in Australians under 40 years old fell 30% from 2002 to 2016.

The report also revealed that Queensland had the highest rate of melanoma deaths in the country between 2008 and 2012 and that Australia had the second highest rate of melanoma cases in the world.

There will be about 13,300 new cases of melanoma diagnosed in Australia this year, with 1800 deaths expected. About 3600 of the new cases will be in Queensland.

Justin Harvey from AIHW said hospitalisations for all skin cancers jumped significantly in the past 10 years

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