Non-melanoma skin cancer

This section provides statistics on non-melanoma skin cancer deaths in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Please note that mortality data releases have been delayed because data on external causes of death is not yet complete enough. For more information on the Mortality Data Collection, visit the Health New Zealand–Te Whatu Ora website.

Surveillance Reports and Metadata

Surveillance Report: Non-melanoma skin cancer deaths (May 2024) Download report PDF
Metadata: Non-melanoma skin cancer deaths (May 2024) Download report PDF

175 New Zealanders died from non-melanoma skin cancer in 2019

In 2019, 175 people died from non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) in New Zealand. Males represented roughly two-thirds of these deaths (115 male deaths, compared with 60 female deaths).

The NMSC mortality rate was 1.7 deaths per 100,000 in 2019 (95%CI 1.4–1.9). Males have consistently had higher mortality rates than females over the period monitored.


Information about the data

Source: Health New Zealand – New Zealand Mortality Collection.
Definition: Non-melanoma skin cancer comprises all cancers classified as ICD-10 AM C44. Rates are per 100,000 people, and have been age-standardised to the WHO world standard population.  

The New Zealand Cancer Registry does not require notification of non-melanoma skin cancers. For this reason, an indicator on non-melanoma skin cancer registrations is not possible.

For more information, see the metadata at the top of this page.


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