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Skin Cancer Statistics

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Northern Ireland, accounting for over 31% of all cancers. About 4,095 people develop the disease each year and around 377 of these are malignant melanomas. Malignant melanoma rates have risen remarkably here over the past 30 years, from an average of 103 cases per year in the mid-1980s, to 377 cases each year at present.

Incidence of skin cancer in Northern Ireland


The number of skin cancers, including melanoma, is expected to continue to rise. Why?

  • More people are sun-bathing and using sunbeds
  • We have an ageing population (there are growing numbers of older people)
  • Due to a reduction in the ozone layer

The tables below show details of cases and deaths from malignant melanoma and other skin cancers for males and females from 2000-2013:

Malignant Melanoma – incidence

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Male 88 101 83 108 99 104 96 138 121 115 128 151 170 155 209 184
Female 131 146 129 136 132 150 138 164 165 166 171 195 207 197 198 212

Non-melanoma skin cancer – incidence

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Male 1075 1227 1238 1176 1241 1402 1435 1700 1733 1615 1846 2060 2139 2038 2191 2191
Female 1001 1059 1078 1030 1076 1201 1287 1406 1353 1235 1503 1663 1600 1517 1582 1607

Malignant Melanoma – deaths

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Male 20 18 23 24 28 27 24 24 18 39 26 22 15 30 36 29
Female 15 20 17 13 14 22 31 32 27 27 16 21 17 25 27 18

Non-melanoma skin cancer - deaths

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Male & Female (combined) 20 12 18 16 14 17 19 18 19 13 18 22 19 24 34 24

For more information on skin cancer statistics visit Northern Ireland Cancer Registry.