The Top 20 Countries on a Global Skin Cancer Index


A German dermatology website,, that provides information about skin diseases from dermatologists, physicians, and other medical specialists has published the Skin Cancer Index 2018, a comprehensive look at the global impact of skin cancer. Divided into two sections – the Skin Cancer Susceptibility Index and the Socioeconomic Treatment Index – this report provides data on skin cancer risk and incidence in 62 countries, as well as national health spending data and other information about the financial impact of skin cancer worldwide.

According to Prof. Dietrick Abeck, Chief Medical Advisor for, more than 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers and 150,000 melanomas are diagnosed each year globally and skin cancer incidence has increased significantly in recent years. The highest incidence of skin cancer by far is in New Zealand and Australia. Sweden has the highest rate of success when it comes to skin cancer treatment, and skin cancer mortality is up to five times higher in less developed countries than in developed nations.

The top 20 countries in new skin cancer cases per population, according to the Skin Cancer Index 2018 are:

  1. New Zealand
  2. Australia
  3. Switzerland
  4. Sweden
  5. Norway
  6. Netherlands
  7. Denmark
  8. Slovenia
  9. United States
  10. United Kingdom
  11. Finland
  12. Czech Republic
  13. Germany
  14. Ireland
  15. Belgium
  16. Austria
  17. Iceland
  18. France
  19. Canada
  20. Slovakia

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