Leading Cancer Killers – a Gender Breakdown

After reading, ask yourself why women’s health gets far more concern and coverage than men’s.

Source: Cancer Facts & Figures, American Cancer Society

Estimated cancer deaths, the sexes for 2011

(To see the estimated cancer deaths by sex for 2014, go here.)

Cancer

Women

Men

Lung

71,340

85,600

Colon & Rectum

24,130

25,250

Pancreas

18,300

19,360

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

9,570

9,750

Leukemia

9,040

12,740

Liver

6,330

13,260

Brain

5,670

7,440

Kidney

4,850

8,270

Bladder

4,320

10,670

Stomach

 4,080

6,260

Breast 39,520

   

Prostate 33,720

(For many other cancers, see Cancer.org.)

More men would likely die of prostate cancer than women of breast cancer, if men as a group lived as long as women and weren’t killed off at higher rates than women by almost all of the other leading cancers.

“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, U.S. government research showed.

“The National Cancer Institute study looked at a database of 36 different types of cancer from 1977 to 2006.

“It found the highest male-to-female mortality rate ratios for cancers like lip, where 5.5 men died for each woman patient, and esophageal, where 4 men died for each woman patient.

“The main reason for the difference is that men are more at risk of developing cancer to begin with, according to Michael Cook, an investigator in the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the NCI and the study’s lead investigator.” More at Reuters….

A new report shows that men are more than one third (35%) more likely to die of cancer in the UK than women, and they are two-thirds (67%) more likely to die from the disease when sex-specific cancers such as prostate, testicular and ovarian cancers are excluded.

The report, produced by Cancer Research UK, the Men’s Health Forum and the National Cancer Intelligence Network, shows that in 2010, the rate per 100,000 deaths from cancer for men in the UK was 202; for women it was 147. –Medical News Today, January 30, 2013

And now heart disease: “Women’s advocates wrong about why more women die of heart disease than men

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