HEALTH FIRST: Rates of death from melanoma have almost doubled since 1995.
HEALTH FIRST: Rates of death from melanoma have almost doubled since 1995. Wavebreakmedia Ltd

Melanoma deaths are rising for men

This week, was Men's Health Week and new figures show an estimated 220 men die from melanoma each year, up from 125 in 1995.

Cancer Council Queensland chief executive officer Chris McMillan urged men to prioritise their health.

"One in 10 men will be diagnosed with melanoma before the age of 85 in Queensland - more than 2100 each year," Ms McMillan said.

"Melanoma remains one of the most preventable cancers and if detected early, most cases can be treated successfully.

"Queenslanders with fair skin, skin that burns easily, the presence of many moles, and a family history of skin cancer are at greater risk of developing melanoma."

More than 3600 Queenslanders are diagnosed with melanoma each year, the Cancer Council said, with men making up around 59% of those diagnosed.

"Men's Health Week is a timely reminder to put your health first, take part in recommended screening programs and help reduce your risk of cancer through healthy lifestyle changes," Ms McMillan said.


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