Melanoma deaths are ris­ing for men

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

THIS week, June 12-18, is Men’s Health Week and new Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land fig­ures show the num­ber of men dy­ing from melanoma has in­creased.

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.

PHOTO: FILE

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

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