Calls for (NZ)Government to follow Australian model in tackling melanoma

Source: STUFF.CO.NZ, September 2019

Cancer groups are calling for new measures in line with Australian practices to reduce the number of skin cancer deaths in New Zealand.

New Zealand has the deadliest melanoma rates in the world, and Taranaki, along with Bay of Plenty, tops the country with a disproportionate share of the 378 people who die each year from the cancer.

The cancer, which overwhelmingly affects people of European ethnicity, kills 6.2 people per 100,000 in Taranaki. Wellington/Kapiti has the lowest rates in the country at 3.4 per 100,000.

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