Know the NSW melanoma hotspots
In 2018, it was projected that 4,900 people in NSW will be told they have melanoma. By 2021, this figure will increase to approximately 6000 people and will continue to grow.1
NSW melanoma hotspots
Melanoma hotspots by local health district
- Northern NSW LHD
- Mid North Coast LHD
- Hunter New England LHD
- Central Coast LHD
- Northern Sydney LHD
Melanoma hotspots by local government area
A local government area represents a specific area within a local health district.
- Richmond Valley
- Clarence Valley
- Port Macquarie-Hastings
- Coffs Harbour
- Sutherland Shire
- Port Stephens
- Lake Macquarie
- Tamworth Regional
- Northern Beaches
- Central Coast
How to reduce your risk of melanoma
All people in NSW are at a high risk of melanoma, but 95 per cent of melanomas can be prevented.
There are five easy ways to protect yourself from the sun:
- Stay in the shade where possible
- Wear sun protective clothing
- Wear a broad-brimmed hat
- Wear sunglasses
- Wear sunscreen, and reapply it regularly
Find out what you can do to reduce your skin cancer risk
The NSW Skin Cancer Prevention Strategy is supporting collaborative action on skin cancer prevention. Government and non-government organisations are working together to lessen the impact of skin cancer across NSW.
- Cancer Institute NSW Statistics - Melanoma statistics.
- 2016 LGA boundaries.
- Melanoma incidence projections, 2013– to 2017, sourced from NSW Cancer Registry data (population data are sourced from NSW Ministry of Health Secure Analytics for Population Health Research and Intelligence, and NSW Department of Planning and Environment 2016 Final Population projections.