Non-melanoma skin cancer rates are consistently highest for males

Here are some of the key facts from our latest factsheet on "Non-melanoma skin cancer deaths".

  • In 2018, 204 people died from non-melanoma skin cancer in New Zealand. Mortality rates have increased from 2012 (1.5 per 100,000) to 2018 (2.0 per 100,000).
  • Mortality rates have increased in men from 2012 (1.9 per 100,000) to 2018 (3.1 per 100,000) while female rates have remained stable at around 1.0 per 100,000.
  • In 2017-2018, mortality rates increased with age, with the 85+ year age group having rates roughly four times greater than the 75-84 year age group.
  • In 2009-2018, mortality rates in the European/Other ethnic group (1.9 deaths per 100,000) were almost four times greater than the next most affected ethnic group, Māori.
  • In 2014–18, rates were higher in the Wairarapa and South Canterbury District Health Boards compared to the national rate.

For more information about this data please visit the Non-melanoma skin cancer deaths factsheet.