Men are 30 per cent more likely than women to die from cancer

Men are 30 per cent more likely than women to die from cancer



Men are 30 per cent more likely to die from cancer than women, according to a new report. Data published by Cancer Research UK shows a stark difference, with 126 cancer deaths per 100,000 men, compared to 97 per 100,000 women. Experts said men were more likely to be diagnosed with some of the cancers which are most difficult to treat - such as lung and liver cancer, which linked with smoking and drinking. The figures come from a global study which found that across the globe men are 50 per cent more likely than women to die from cancer.


Central and eastern Europe are the regions where men are most likely to die compared to women, whereas East Africa has the highest death rates for women. The four biggest cancer killers worldwide are of the lung, liver, stomach and bowel. Together, they cause almost half of all cancer deaths worldwide. The figures, compiled by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, also show that more than 14 million people around the world are diagnosed with cancer every year.


Nick Ormiston-Smith, head of statistics at Cancer Research UK, said: "The contrast in cancer death rates between the sexes may be down to more men being diagnosed with types of cancers that are harder to treat, such as cancers of the bladder, liver, lung and oesophagus. He said: "Cancer is estimated to account for around 16 per cent of all deaths worldwide. Age is the biggest risk factor for most cancers and, as global life-expectancy increases, we'll see more people being diagnosed with the disease. But lifestyle also plays an important role."


The charity said tobacco consumption has been responsible for an estimated 100 million deaths in the last century and, if current trends continue, it will kill 1,000 million in the 21st century. "Smoking is by far the most important preventable cause of cancer in the world," Mr Ormiston-Smith said.


Dr Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said: "Global research efforts have dramatically improved survival and are giving more people than ever the best possible chance of beating the disease. But we know there's still a lot more to do if we're going to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured."


By Laura Donnelly,


The Telegraph, the 14th of February, 2014.


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