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Study: More U.S. Men Than Women Die of Cancer

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Posted on Jul 12, 2011
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This is one of those scientific categories in which it’s better to come in second: According to a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, men in the U.S. are more likely to die of cancer than their female counterparts.

However, unlike other studies that attribute the gender divide in cancer mortality rates to differences between men’s and women’s preventive care strategies, as one example, the take-away in this case is that men develop some form of the disease more often than women, according to one of the cancer researchers who worked on the study.  —KA

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Our research suggests that the main factor driving greater frequency of cancer deaths in men is the greater frequency of cancer diagnosis, rather than poorer survival once the cancer occurs,” says study researcher Michael B. Cook, PhD, BsC, of the National Cancer Institute.

The study is published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Cook says that if investigators “can identify the causes of these gender differences in cancer incidence, then we can take preventative actions to reduce the cancer burden in both men and women.”

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By meer, July 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm Link to this comment
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I see that mostly men do not care about health rather acts macho taking every unnecessary risk they come across. whether it be access of alcohol, drugs, smoking etc men always are ahead . my opinion

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By DavidByron, July 13, 2011 at 8:33 am Link to this comment

We could take preventative action if anyone gave a shit about men and their lives and health, that is.

Who didn’t know this already?  Death statistics are already well known and men die of everything at higher rates than women do.  Men are the ‘black’ gender when it comes to healthcare.  Feminism and other bigoted forms of conservatism make sure of it.

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By PatrickHenry, July 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment

Maybe it can be relative to the toxic work environments men often have to go out daily to work in.

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