Men Are More Likely to Die From Melanoma—But Why?

Source: Health, May 2023

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer—left untreated, it has the ability to spread deeper into the skin or to organs within the body, and become deadly. It’s also on the rise: According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the number of deaths from melanoma are expected to increase by 4.4% in 2023, with an expected 186,680 cases diagnosed in the United States.

Men in particular are at an increased risk for serious melanoma. Out of an expected 97,610 cases of invasive melanoma in the U.S. this year, more than half—58,120 cases—will be in men. Of the 7,990 estimated deaths from melanoma in 2023, men also make up the majority, at 5,420 deaths.1

It’s a serious problem, with many factors. Genetics, cultural differences and norms, and public health messaging all come into play, creating a gap in both awareness of risks and adoption of preventive measures between men and women.