While Melanoma Cancer accounts for just 1% of all skin cancers diagnosed in the U.S., it’s the deadliest type, with about 7,100 people expected to die of it in 2021. Melanoma develops when melanocytes (the cells that give the skin its tan or brown color) start to grow out of control, according to the American Cancer Society. Risk factors include exposure to UV (ultraviolet light) from the sun and a family history of melanoma. Males and people over 50 are most at risk.
“Men who work outdoors often are more likely to have excessive sun exposure, which can cause skin cancer. Men can also be less likely to follow up with a doctor when they see a suspicious mole.
Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Early detection really is the key!