Skin cancer

There are two main types of skin cancer – melanoma and non-melanoma.

Melanoma is the most serious kind of skin cancer and New Zealand has the highest incidence rate in the world. Go to Melanoma to find out more.

Non-melanoma skin cancers are far more common than melanoma. However, they tend to be less serious than melanoma (as long as they are treated).


Related websites

Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand
The Melanoma Foundation of New Zealand is a registered charitable trust. Its website provides information for people affected with melanoma.

Cancer Society
The country’s largest source of information about cancer and its effects. This website provides information on types of cancer (including skin cancers), diagnosis, methods of treatment and advice on living with cancer.

SunSmart
Facts about skin cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, including information in the Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap campaign to reduce exposure to cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Best Health
This British Medical Journal website provides information on different cancers and describes treatments that work or are likely to work, the harms and benefits, treatments that are unlikely to work or may be harmful and information on tests and operations.

Better Health Channel
The Better Health Channel was established by the Victorian (Australia) State Government. It provides a wide range of health and medical information on conditions including cancer.


Find out more from the Ministry

Cancer control
The Ministry leads a national work programme that provides a strategic focus for cancer control, and for system-wide improvements across the spectrum of cancer services.