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Skin Cancer Statistics

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Northern Ireland, accounting for over 30% of all cancers. About 3,780 people develop the disease each year and around 330 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 332 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

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

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