Melanoma deaths higher in men

Men are 70 percent more likely to die from the most serious type of skin cancer, than women, according to new figures from Cancer Reseach UK.

Men 'less likely' to be diagnosed with melanoma

Men are less likely to be diagnosed with melanoma than women and that is why more are dying from the disease, Professor Julia Newton-Bishop, Cancer Research UK dermatologist said.

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.

We also know that men and women tend to develop melanoma in different places - more often on the back and chest for men and on the arms and legs for women.

– Professor Julia Newton-Bishop, Cancer Research UK dermatologist

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Cancer Research: Melanoma affects both genders

According to Cancer Research UK there is no gender distinction in the numbers of those who develop melanoma, but more women are surviving skin cancer then men.

  • Men and women are both likely to get the disease, with 17.2 percent of every 100,000 men who develop the cancer, with 17.3 percent.
  • Death rates in men have increased by 185 percent since the 1970s, compared with 55 percent of women.
  • The data predicts death rates will continue to rise in men while remaining stable in women.

Men more likely to get skin cancer than women

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Men are 70% more to die from skin cancer than women, says Canser Reseach Credit: PA

Men are 70 percent more likely to die from the most serious type of skin cancer, than women, according to new figures from Cancer Reseach UK.

This is despite a similar number of both genders being diagnosed with the disease every year in the UK.

Cancer Research UK data shows 3.4 men per 100,000 die from malignant melanoma compared with two per 100,000 women.

This means that of the 6,200 men who develop melanoma each year, 1,300 die from the disease, compared with 900 of the 6,600 women.