If thinking about skin cancer then Australia doesn’t seem too surprising for the top spot in melanoma deaths across both sexes for the time period 2013 to 2015, being a sunny country with a strong beach culture and large population of pale skinned folk with genes that are better suited to Northern Europe. However, according to research presented on Sunday at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference in Glasgow , the #2 spot is more unexpected – Slovenia.
The study, which examined cancer deaths in 33 developed countries in Europe, North America and Australasia, since they had the most reliable data, found that in Australia 5.72 male deaths were reported for every 100,000 men from 2013 to 2015, compared to 2.53 female deaths for every 100,000 women. In Slovenia the death rate among men was 3.86 per 100,000, while for women it was 2.58. The lowest death rates for melanoma were found in Japan, at 0.24 for men and 0.18 for women.
The report, published by the UK National Cancer Research Institute, can be read in full here (PDF), while the figures for all the countries included are summarized below. One notable finding about the data – more men die of skin cancer than women.
Data: UK National Cancer Research Institute
STA, 1 November 2018 - There were a total of 2,070,050 residents in Slovenia at the beginning of July 2018, which is 3,170 more than at the beginning of January, but the number of Slovenian citizens living in the country was down, while the number of residents with foreign citizenship increased.
The share of foreigners in the total population was up to 6.1%, with their number standing at 126,923, the Statistics Office has reported.
In the first half of the year, the number of Slovenian citizens living in Slovenia was down by almost 1,900, while the number of foreign citizens was up by more than 5,000.
At the beginning of July, there were 1,030,234 men and 1,039,816 women living in Slovenia. The share of women, which has been very slowly decreasing for a number of years, was 51.2%.
The share of women among the foreign citizens living in Slovenia was 34.9%. The share was up by 1.8 percentage points in the last four years.
STA, 29 October 2018 - Slovenian households recorded one of the highest saving rates in recent years in 2017, with the average household saving EUR 1,750. At 13.9%, the gross household savings rate was also one of the highest in Europe, where the average was 9.9%, the Statistics Office said.
STA, 25 October 2018 - The average age of Slovenians who died last year was nearly 77.7, which compares to 68.8 in 1987, the latest data by the Statistics Office (SURS) show. Men die younger than women, while Mediterranean lifestyle appears to have a positive effect on health.
Figures from the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (SURS) show that “consensual unions” – when a couple live together without a formal, legal relationship – are becoming ever more common, their number having increased by 7.1% since the start of 2015, a rise of 5,500. Consensual unions now represent 14.4% of all families in Slovenia, compared to just 2% in 1981, when such data was first collected.
STA, 16 October 2018 - Joining World Food Day calls to eradicate hunger globally, Agriculture Minister Aleksandra Pivec has highlighted the need for a change of practices in food production and environmental protection. Changes, albeit slow, are also under way in Slovenia, which produced 53% of the food available in the country in 2016.
STA, 16 October 2018 - The average Slovenian family spends EUR 1,500 on heating per year, according to a survey commissioned by Borzen, the power market operator. Central heating is still the most popular heating system in the country.
The Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (SURS) is a treasure trove of regularly updated data on all aspects of the nation, and it’s well run website that more than repays time spent exploring it.