Why Are Men More Likely to Get Skin Cancer?

August 5, 2014 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Health Tips

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By Melissa [email protected] Photo by Marilyn Barbone/Shutterstock Think sun damage and skin cancer, and your thoughts probably go to high-school girls and tanning beds, or maybe those Jersey Shore kids. Buried in the report is something that might surprise you — skin cancer rates are rising for everyone, but one group is at particularly high risk of both developing and dying from the disease: men.  Since the mid-1970s, skin-cancer rates in both men and women have spiked, but the pace is especially astonishing for men, whose rates of developing melanoma have increased 150 percent since 1975, as The New Republic points out. Related: The 5 Best Sunscreens You Need This Summer Photo by U.S. Department Of Health and Human Services Guys between the ages of 15 to 39 are more than twice as likely to die of melanoma as compared to their female peers, and the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that this year, melanoma will kill 6,470 men — and half as many women. Dermatologists believe that the gender disparity in skin-cancer diagnoses and deaths can be explained by both behavioral and biological factors.

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