People in our region experience higher rates of Melanoma than the NSW average 1

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  • Ballina LGA had the highest age-standardised incidence rate (101) of melanoma per 100,000 for all people in NSW. Lismore had the 2nd highest rate 93.2, Byron 3rd (91.4) and Richmond Valley 4th (87.5)1
  • Rates of melanoma are higher in males1
  • Only 51.6% of survey participants in the HNC 2021 Community Survey said they used sunscreen and/or protective clothing when they went out in the sun in the past month. The rate was lowest in participants aged 25-29 (34.0%) and 80-84 (34.3%)2