Men overtake women in melanoma risk by age 45

The melanomas are more likely to be found on the head, neck and trunk, researchers say

Australian men’s melanoma risk increases as they age, with their incidence rate exceeding that of women by the time they reach 45, a study shows.

A team of researchers from the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane examined rates of invasive melanoma in men and women, and variation in body sites depending on gender across three decades. 

Drawing on cancer registry data, they looked at fair-skinned populations exposed to different levels of sunlight in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada