Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Your Husband, Boyfriend or Brother are More at Risk than You
“Caucasians and men older than 50 are at a higher risk of developing melanoma than the general population.” American Academy of Dermatology
“The majority of people who get melanoma, for example, are white men over age 50 - and they discover such growths later than women do, when they are harder to treat.” Skin Cancer Foundation
Women have been told for years they need to stay out of the sun to avoid wrinkles and brown spots - so they protect themselves primarily for vanity reasons. Men on the other hand were not taught that so are less likely to apply sunscreen.
“When outside in the sun, less than one-third of men (29 percent) say they "always" protect their skin, compared with 43 percent of women.” American Academy of Dermatology.
Read More: The 3 Worst Reasons Not to Wear Sunscreen
Yes men are from Mars and women are from Venus. We know men take less care of themselves than women do when it comes to their health - but their recreational habits are contributing to this staggering statistic. Men over 50 are spending more time outside playing golf (4 hours in the sun); tennis, jogging etc. and they generally don’t have hair covering their ears and neck - they are also more apt to take off their shirt to cool down.
Dear men over 50. We know it’s way cooler to cut something off than actually take the time to wear sunscreen.....but you worked your tail off to enjoy retirement.....please don’t cheat yourself.
Skin Cancer prevention is in your control and best interest.