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Cancer Statistics

Skin Cancer

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Skin Cancer

Data analyses and reports

Below are the most recently updated data. Please note:

  • Within each page some files are quite large and may take a few minutes to download
  • You may need to use the drop-down menus within the spreadsheets to define your selections of 'Area of Residence', 'Sex', and 'Cancer site/type' to find the data that you require.

Malignant melanoma of the skin: ICD-10 C43

Incidence:

Annual incidence Download Excel file[2640KB] (most recent 25 years) by age, sex, network and health board

Five year summary of incidence Download Excel file[347KB] by age, sex, network and health board

Mortality:

Annual mortality Download Excel file [1151KB] (most recent 25 years) by age, sex, network and health board

Five year summary of mortality Download Excel file [207KB] by age, sex, network and health board

Survival:

Survival Download Excel file[33KB] (by age and sex) at 1, 3, 5 and 10 years after diagnosis (1987 onwards)

Prevalence:

Cancer prevalence Download Excel file[66KB]

Lifetime risk:

Lifetime risk Download Excel file[47KB] of cancer by age and sex

Deprivation:

Incidence and mortality by deprivation category Download Excel file[29KB]

Non-melanoma skin cancer: ICD-10 C44

Incidence:

Annual incidence Download Excel file[2640KB] (most recent 25 years) by age, sex, network and health board

Five year summary of incidence Download Excel file[347KB] by age, sex, network and health board

Mortality:

Annual mortality Download Excel file[1151KB] (most recent 25 years) by age, sex, network and health board

Five year summary of mortality Download Excel file[207KB] by age, sex, network and health board

Prevalence:

Cancer prevalence Download Excel file[66KB]

Basal cell carcinoma of the skin: ICD-10 C44 M-8090-8098

Incidence:

Annual incidence Download Excel file[2640] (most recent 25 years) by age, sex, network and health board

Five year summary of incidence Download Excel file[347KB] by age, sex, network and health board

Mortality:

Annual mortalityDownload Excel file[1151KB] (most recent 25 years) by age, sex, network and health board

Five year summary of mortalityDownload Excel file[207KB] by age, sex, network and health board

Prevalence:

Cancer prevalence Download Excel file[66KB]

Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin: ICD-10 C44 M-8050-8078, 8083-8084

Incidence:

Annual incidenceDownload Excel file [2640KB] (most recent 25 years) by age, sex, network and health board

Five year summary of incidence Download Excel file[347KB] by age, sex, network and health board

Mortality:

Annual mortalityDownload Excel file[1151KB] (most recent 25 years) by age, sex, network and health board

Five year summary of mortalityDownload Excel file[207KB] by age, sex, network and health board

Prevalence:

Cancer prevalence Download Excel file[66KB]

Summary statistics for malignant melanoma of the skin

Scotland Males Females Persons
Rank - incidence (2015) 5 5 5
Rank - mortality (2015) 16 18 18
Percentage frequency of all cancers - incidence (2015) 4.4% 4.2% 4.3%
Percentage frequency of all cancers - mortality (2015) 1.2% 1.0% 1.1%
Number of new cases diagnosed in 2015 676 687 1,383
Number of deaths recorded in 2015 99 75 174
Change in incidence from 2005 to 2015 +33.1% +9.9% +21.5%
Change in mortality from 2005 to 2015 -6.9% +1.7% -3.8%
1 year relative survival for patients diagnosed between 2007 and 2011 97.7% 99.1% 98.5%
5 year relative survival for patients diagnosed between 2007 and 2011 89.8% 96.4% 94.0%

Notes:
1. Survival figures are not age standardised.
2. Change in incidence and mortality is estimated by Poisson regression.
3. Non-melanoma skin cancer is often excluded from comparative analyses of cancer data, both because of concerns about the completeness of registration and a perception that cancers of this kind are rarely life threatening. Most non-melanoma skin cancers are detected early and can be treated on an outpatient basis (the lack of a discharge record for such patients is one of the reasons why registration of new cases is less complete than for other cancers, most of which involve hospitalisation). Nevertheless, case ascertainment is believed to be sufficient to justify publication of data on non-melanoma skin cancer in their own right. However, it should be noted that these data underestimate the true risk of non-melanoma skin cancer, not least because only the first basal cell carcinoma per patient is registered. It should be also noted that incidence data underestimate workload because, by definition, they include only new independent primary cancers, and therefore exclude re-biopsies, re-excisions and recurrent disease.

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