Men are 70 percent more likely to die from malignant melanoma – the most serious type of skin cancer – than women, research suggests.
Cancer Research UK said each year, the most serious type of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, kills 1,300 men and 900 women, a gap expected to widen.
There are a few reasons as to why men may be more prone to cancer, one being that they delay seeking help longer then women do.
BBC News reported that men are more likely to develop the cancer on their back rather than their arms and legs, like women.
This makes it harder to spot for men, so it is key that they have someone check them out regularly to help in early detection.
Professor Julia Newton-Bishop, a Cancer Research UK dermatologist, suspects women have stronger immune systems.
But could it also be genetic? According to BBC News, German researchers have already identified a gene that appears to make men, but not women, more susceptible to melanoma.
Professor Newton-Bishop,continued on to say the following:
“Research has suggested the difference between the sexes could be in part because men are more likely to be diagnosed when melanoma is at a more advanced stage.
“But there also seem to be strong biological reasons behind the differences, and we’re working on research to better understand why men and women’s bodies deal with their melanomas in different ways.
“Stage for stage, men do less well with this cancer so there’s something very important that this is telling us about how the body deals it.
“We think it is something to do with the immune system rather than hormones because pre- and post-menopausal fare the same.”
There are ways to help prevent skin cancer, the biggest is protecting your skin from UV radiation.
The CDC recommends the following easy ways to protect yourself:
- Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
- Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
- Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
- Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
- Avoid indoor tanning.
With these new findings, it is important for men to get regular checks to help them avoid late detection. What will you do to help prevent skin cancer?
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