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Cancer

13 July 2011

More men die from cancer than women

Men who are diagnosed with cancer are more likely to die from the disease than women, due to a higher initial risk and later detection, research shows.

Men who are diagnosed with cancer are more likely to die from the disease than women, due to a higher initial risk and later detection, US government research showed.

For lung cancer, the research found 2.3 male deaths for each female death, the research team reported online in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

The main reason for the difference is that men are more at risk of developing cancer to begin with, according to Michael Cook, a researcher in the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at NCI and the study's lead investigator.

Men diagnosed late

 

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