The Melanoma Gender Gap

We have some bad news for you, gentlemen. You could be up to 3 times more likely to develop melanoma than a woman of the same age.

For 2020, the American Cancer Society estimates that both melanoma diagnoses and deaths in the U.S. will be 50% higher for men than women.

Why is there such a huge gender gap with melanoma?


An American Academy of Dermatology survey showed that women knew more facts about skin cancer. More knowledge leads to better choices.


Women tend to apply sunscreen more often than men.

Skin Care Regiment

Many women use makeup and other cosmetics with SPF on a daily basis. Although there are men’s skin care products with SPF, the demand is quite low.


Men have thicker skin with less fat beneath than women. A man’s skin also has more collagen and elastin. Researchers believe that these differences make men more likely to be damaged by UV rays.

Men, the cards are stacked against you when it comes to melanoma.

There is good news. Of the 4 reason for the higher risk, you have complete control over 3 of them.

So… do some reading, apply sunscreen more often, and start using face lotion with SPF daily. But, don’t stop there. Add UPF 50+ clothing to your wardrobe for even better sun protection.