Men’s Skin Cancer Deaths Have Doubled in Last 30 Years

According to the latest figures published in a study by the Cancer Research UK, the rates of men dying of malignant melanoma have doubled in the last 30 years. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and experts say that it is largely a preventable disease.

Caroline Cerny, manager of the Cancer Research UK’s SunSmart division, states “These figures show that a worryingly high number of men are dying unnecessarily from malignant melanoma because of the rapidly rising numbers diagnosed with the disease. Preventing the disease developing in the first place will help stop this trend and save lives. To curb this huge rise in deaths from malignant melanoma, it’s more important than ever that people are aware of the dangers of too much sun.” (Source:

Even though more women than men are diagnosed with the disease, more men die from melanoma, according to the results of the study. The rise in skin cancer deaths is particularly worrying for those who are taking steps to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. It’s important for anyone who notices any significant changes to moles or skin growths to consult with a dermatologist immediately for a skin cancer screening. When the skin cancer is caught early, treatment is more likely to be successful.

There are currently two types of skin cancer: non-melanoma skin cancer, and malignant melanoma. Cancer Research UK reports that almost one third of all cases of malignant melanoma occur in people under 50 years of age, and that it is the second most common cancer in young adults aged 15 to 34 in the UK. Rates of malignant melanoma in Britain alone have risen faster than any other type of common cancer. (Source:

Dermatologists and researchers report that those with a history of sunburn, those who use tanning beds on a regular basis, and people with light eyes or hair are at an increased risk of skin cancer.

Further Reading

  • If you’re one of the many people who head to the beach with plenty of sunscreen and a beach umbrella, you may still need to take extra steps to ward off harmful UV rays. According to a recent study published in the Photochemistry and Photobiology journals, beach umbrellas block out only about 70 percent of UV rays.

  • Mohs surgery has been proven effective for reducing facial scarring after skin cancer surgery, and is quickly becoming the preferred surgery of choice at several cosmetic surgery and dermatology offices around the United States.

  • A new study carried out by the Institute of Cancer Research and published in the Cancer Research journal shows that a genetic mutation found in some forms of malignant melanoma can initiate the development of the deadliest form of skin cancer. The KRAS gene is mutated in approximately two per cent of malignant melanomas, and is the study is the first of its kind to show that damage to this gene can be the first in a process of events that trigger malignant melanoma.