March 24, 2019
Cancer Deaths and Gender

Cancer Deaths and Gender

by Berkeley Wellness  

In the United States, men are more likely than women to die from cancer, according to statistics from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The main reason? Men are more likely to develop cancer in the first place.

For a report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers examined data from an NCI database. They found that lung cancer and liver cancer both killed more than twice as many men as women. Colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer and leukemia also killed more men than women.

The authors concluded that the difference in death rates wasn’t caused by less effective treatment in men. Here's why: Survival among people diagnosed with cancer was only slightly worse in men than in women.

Men are at greater risk of developing cancer because they’ve traditionally been heavier smokers and drinkers than women. Other potential reasons for the difference include hormones, weight and workplace exposure to carcinogens.