Men over 50 are about twice as likely as women to develop and die from skin cancer; young men account for 40 percent of melanoma cases, but 60 percent of melanoma deaths, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Why? A study by the National Sun Protection Advisory Council found that men spend more time in the sun than women and are less likely to wear sunscreen; men also have less hair covering their scalp and ears, two areas where they tend to develop cancer. Also, traditionally men visit the doctor less often than women do, so their cancers may not be caught as early. It's easy to miss the early warning signs of skin cancer, says Rich Wender, MD, chief cancer control officer for the American Cancer Society. 'Many people think freckles, moles, or a darker age spot is just like the others they’ve had,' he explains. If you notice a mole getting darker, larger, or becoming raised, get it checked. With melanoma, spots are often irregularly shaped (not round), significantly darker in color, or even two distinctly different colors within one spot, he says. 'Melanoma is far less common than other skin cancers, but has the potential to be more deadly,' says Dr. Wender. 'However, many melanomas have a long period where they’re not invasive and easy to cure, as long as they’re caught early.'