Melanoma Skin Cancer

Melanoma skin cancer incidence rate in the UK is much higher than the European average - 19 per 100,000 of the population in the UK and 13 per 100,000 on average in Europe. When compared to the other EURO4 countries, the UK’s incidence rate for this cancer is the highest.

EUCAN, Cancer factsheets, 2012. Available at http://eco.iarc.fr/EUCAN

Melanoma skin cancer mortality rate in the UK is 2.6 per 100,000 while the average in Europe is 2.2 per 100,000. When compared to the other EURO4 countries, the UK mortality rate for this cancer is the highest.

World Health Organisation, Cancer Mortality database, 2012. Available at http://www-dep.iarc.fr/WHOdb/WHOdb.htm

The melanoma skin cancer five-year survival rate in the UK is about 4% higher than the European average of 82.7%. When compared to the other EURO4 countries, the UK five-year survival rate for this cancer is very similar to that of France and it is slightly lower than that of Germany.

EUROCARE, database 5, 2014. Available at http://www.eurocare.it/Database/tabid/77/Default.aspx
EUROCARE, Data and methods, 2014. Available at https://w3.iss.it/site/EU5Results/docs/Documentation_on_data_and_methods.pdf

Patient Experience

When compared to other cancers, patient experience with skin cancer in the UK presents a mixed picture.

According to the 2015 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, which surveys over 100,000 cancer patients in the UK, skin cancer patients rated their speed of diagnosis and understanding of their condition as better than patients with other types of cancer.

However, 12% of people with skin cancer stated that they were not aware of the treatment options available to them and only 16.9% of patients were asked whether they wanted to participate in research. These figures show that further improvements can be made in raising patients’ awareness of available treatments and ongoing clinical trials.