Men and Cancer: Saving Lives

Publisher: Men's Health Forum
Author: David Wilkins
Published date: 1st Mar 2014

The Men’s Health Forum's report asks why men are more likely to be diagnosed with and to die from nearly all common cancers. The report, ‘Men and Cancer: Saving Lives’ collates cancer experts’ presentations and opinion from the seminar in 2013. Experts concluded that there are almost no known biological explanations for higher rates of cancer in men. That does not mean there never will be any biological explanations - 35% of cancers still have no known cause, so some may have biological explanations. Men are over 35% more likely to die from cancer than women in the UK. And this difference is even starker when breast cancer and sex-specific cancers such as prostate and ovarian are removed from the analysis – men were then 67% more likely to die.Men under 65 are at particular risk. They are 58% more likely to die from cancers that affect both men and women. Appendix 4 to the document is The Excess Burden of Cancer in Men in the UK, a comprehensive statistical digest produced by Cancer Research UK and the National Cancer Intelligence Network.

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