Skin Cancer: Men vs. Women: Who’s more at risk?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually. If an individual has experienced more than five sun burns in their lifetime, the chances of them developing melanoma doubles. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer for males and seventh most common for females. An estimated 45,060 new cases of invasive melanoma in men and 31,630 in women will be diagnosed in the US in 2013. An estimated 6,280 men and 3,200 women in the US will die from melanoma in 2013.

However; it has recently been revealed that more men than women are dying from skin cancer, despite similar numbers being diagnosed with the disease. German researchers have already identified a gene that appears to make men, but not women, more susceptible to melanoma.

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. Men, unlike women, more often develop the cancer on their back rather than arms and legs which may make it more difficult for them to spot.

Male incidence rates are now more than five times higher than they were 30 years ago – rising from 2.7 per 100,000 to 17.2 per 100,000.

The previously listed statistics give reason enough for you to undergo a full body check by your dermatologist and make sure that all your bumps, blemishes and marks are benign (cancer-free). Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most effective way to make sure all of the cancer cells have been removed if they are discovered on the body, at a success rate of up to 99 percent.

Dr. Rokhsar specializes in the treatment of skin cancer through Mohs Micrographic Surgery. The Mohs approach is the most precise technique for the removal of skin cancer, as surgically removed tissue is simultaneously examined under the microscope to insure the complete removal of the skin cancer. This technique allows for the least amount of tissue to be removed and thus results in the smallest scars possible. This is the ideal technique for the removal of skin cancers on the face and large skin cancers on the body.

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