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

NSW melanoma hotspots

The ‘NSW melanoma hotspots’ map shows the top five regions and the top 25 local government areas2 where melanoma rates are at their highest in NSW.3

Melanoma hotspots by local health district

  1. Northern NSW LHD
  2. Mid North Coast LHD
  3. Hunter New England LHD
  4. Central Coast LHD
  5. Northern Sydney LHD

Melanoma hotspots by local government area

A local government area represents a specific area within a local health district.

  1. Byron
  2. Ballina
  3.  Richmond Valley
  4. Lismore
  5. Kyogle
  6. Clarence Valley
  7. Tweed
  8. Port Macquarie-Hastings
  9. Coffs Harbour
  10. Bellingen
  11. Sutherland Shire
  12. Mid-Coast
  13. Port Stephens
  14. Nambucca
  15. Kempsey
  16. Kiama
  17. Lake Macquarie
  18. Mosman
  19. Tamworth Regional
  20. Northern Beaches
  21. Central Coast
  22. Cessnock
  23. Newcastle
  24. Maitland
  25. Shoalhaven
How to reduce your risk of melanoma

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.


1. Cancer Institute NSW Statistics - Melanoma statistics

2. 2016 LGA boundaries.

3. 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.