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Melanoma

Melanoma

Melanoma is a skin cancer that can be caused by exposure to sunlight. New Zealand’s death rate from skin cancer is about 300 per year, the highest in the world relative to population. Peak ultraviolet radiation intensities in New Zealand are about 40% greater than at comparable latitudes in Europe.

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Bill Allan, Katja Riedel, Richard McKenzie, Sylvia Nichol and Tom Clarkson, 'Atmosphere - Ozone and ultraviolet radiation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6154/melanoma (accessed 26 January 2020)

Story by Bill Allan, Katja Riedel, Richard McKenzie, Sylvia Nichol and Tom Clarkson, published 12 Jun 2006