Middle-Aged Men at Greater Risk for Melanoma

June 7, 2018 Tags: , , , , , ,

According to a new report from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caucasian men between the ages of 55 and 64 are more likely than women to develop melanoma, and they often present with more aggressive forms of the disease. Dr. Sunandana Chandra, a melanoma medical oncologist at Northwestern University in Chicago, explained: “One factor could be differences in chronic sun exposure — men traditionally have had more outdoor occupations than women and that would put them at risk for sun burn and prolonged UV radiation exposure.” Another factor could be that men in their 50s and 60s may have been less prone to wear sunscreen in their youth. Data published by The Skin Cancer Foundation suggest melanoma genetics could play a much bigger role in mortality among men.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/mens-health/melanoma-risk-greater-middle-aged-men-women-here-s-why-n879031