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Men three times more likely to get cancer

Irish men are up to three times more likely than women to get cancer and die from it.

UNHEALTHY lifestyles are the greatest contributors to men's cancers and low survival rates.

A landmark study, the first in this country to look at cancer from a gender perspective, has revealed that not only are men three times more likely to get cancer, they are also three times more likely than women to die from it.

Men get more bowel, lung. bladder and stomach cancer and while fewer men get melanoma skin cancer, the ones who do are more likely than women to die from it.

Late diagnosis also contributes to the lower survival rates for men's cancers.

The study, commissioned by the Irish Cancer Society, was carried out at the Centre for Men's Health in the Institute of Technology in Carlow and the National Cancer Registry of Ireland.

Its launch coincides with Men's Health Week 2013.

It found that men's cancers were between 1.6 and three times more common than women's and the death rate was also 1.6 to 2.7 times higher for men.

csheehy@herald.ie


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