Thursday, April 28, 2005

A piece about cancer and gender in Britain

"Men 'twice as likely to die from cancer'

By Susannah Osborne
(Filed: 14/06/2004)

Men are twice as likely as women to die of some cancers, according to a report today.

It highlights significant differences in cancer rates between the sexes in the UK and claims that men are at double the risk of developing nine of the 10 most common cancers that affect men and women.

Men are also more likely to die of these "shared" cancers, which include lung, kidney and stomach cancer. Cancer Research UK says that in 2002 the average mortality rate for such cancers was nearly 50 per cent higher in men than women.

The report, by the voluntary organisation, Men's Health Forum, published at the start of Men's Health Week, shows that an average 134,000 men are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK, with 80,000 dying of the disease.

One man in three will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and a quarter of these will die of the disease.

This makes cancer the single biggest killer of men in the country, overtaking heart disease.

The report also highlights the inequalities between classes stating that men from poor social backgrounds are twice as likely to die from cancer as men in higher social classes."

Here`s the whole piece.