A new and shocking research has discovered that one in two Australian men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lives.
According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization, Australia and New Zealand have the highest risk of cancer.
Data published last week revealed that 197,876 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia in 2018, with 120,034 cases found in men.
Shocking recent research has found that one in two Australian men will suffer cancer in their lives
Launched last week, the data revealed that by 2018, Australians will have an estimated 197,876 new cases of cancer with 120,334 of these found in men (image of a skin cancer cell)
When measuring risk, estimates show that Australian men have a 49.58 percent risk of developing some type of cancer before they reach 75, more than double the world average of 22 percent.
However, women are less likely to contract the disease, with a 33.36 percent chance.
The most common type of cancer found among Australians is non-melanoma skin cancer, with 59,278 new cases in 2018.
Contrary to popular belief, non-melanoma skin cancer is generally not life threatening and only 1.79 percent of the cases proved fatal in 2018.
The executive director of Cancer Council Australia, Sanchia Aranda, said Australia's highest skin cancer rate compared to the rest of the world caused the country's cancer statistics to skyrocket, according to The Age.
The most common type of cancer found among Australians is non-melanoma skin cancer, with 59, 278 new cases in 2018 found
While the vast majority of skin cancers are now not life threatening, Professor Aranda said it was still a concern due to the enormous cost of treatment.
"Non-melanoma skin cancer costs the Australian government about one billion dollars a year in health care costs, it is one of the most expensive cancers due to its large volume."
MOST COMMON CANCERS IN AUSTRALIA IN 2018
Non-melanoma skin cancer – 59,278
Breast Cancer- 18,558
Prostate cancer- 18,274
Melanoma Skin Cancer- 14,260
Lung cancer- 13,168
Colon cancer- 11,913
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: 6.039
Rectum Cancer- 5,283
Kidney cancer – 4,174
"It's never too late to protect your skin from the sun and we encourage all Australians to be aware that it is not UV, so take note of UV levels on a given day and avoid prolonged periods in the sun," he said. .
In research published this week, it was discovered that Australians, unknowingly, were subjected to dangerous UV levels every day.
Australians should protect their skin as soon as they leave the house, regardless of the weather forecast, according to the data, made by the National University of Australia and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research of New Zealand.
"Most people think that if it's cold and covered, that's fine, but their face and hands are still exposed and those are the most common places for skin cancer," said Professor Robyn Lucas of ANU.
"Even if the UV index is low, if you're out for more than 10 or 15 minutes … you're at risk," he said.
Breast and prostate cancer is the second and third most common in the country, with more than 18,000 new cases found in 2018.
Prostate cancer also proved to be the deadliest, with an estimated 3,290 deaths in 2018.
Despite somewhat gloomy findings, the data also revealed that "Australia has" declining rates of heart disease and stroke and our life expectancy is one of the highest in the world. "