Men Are More Likely To Die From Skin Cancer

August 8, 2019

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Skin cancer accounts for more than 50% of all cancers combined with 90% of it caused by the sun. Although men and women are equally prone to skin cancer, white men are more likely than women to die of skin cancer. And the reason for this statistical inequality is absurd. Many men find the topic of skincare products and sun safety too much of a feminine topic for men to be interested. It's a theory backed by many dermatologist who hold seminars in which the vast majority of attendees are women. Only 15% of men use sunscreen regularly when they’ll be out in the sun for more than an hour compared to 30% of women. It could also be perceptions of sun exposure. The American Academy of Dermatology found that fewer men than women knew the following facts, such as there is no such thing as a healthy tan, a base tan cannot protect you and skin cancer can develop with little or intermittent exposure to the sun. Although the topic of skin care may be perceived as feminine, protecting your skin by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, wearing long sleeves and pants when possible, seeking shade and avoid sun exposure when the sun’s rays are strongest (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) can reduce the risks in addition to using a sunscreen regularly.

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SOURCE: Vitals

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