Friday 23 March 2018

Men are much more likely to die from cancer than women

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

CANCER death-rate patterns in Ireland are similar to those of the UK, with men more likely to die from the disease.

A new report in the UK shows cancer death rates are higher in men than in women.

Commenting on the patterns in Ireland, Dr Harry Comber, Director of the National Cancer Registry, said: "In general terms, survival tends to be better in women. If you take cancers like stomach and lung cancer, they are more common in men and they have a poor survival rate.

"One of the things you have to consider when talking about survival is that, historically, the prevalence of smoking was higher in men than in women and they carry more risk factors, which is going to reduce their survival."

He said the most common cancers among women, such as breast cancer and cervical cancer, have better survival rates.

The report on UK cancer mortality rates shows that, in 2010, around 202 men per 100,000 died from cancer compared with 147 women per 100,000 – a 35pc difference.

When gender-specific diseases, such as prostate and breast cancer, were excluded, men were 67pc more likely to die.


Liver cancer death rates were twice as high in men, who also faced triple the risk of being killed by oesophageal cancer.

The difference may partly be explained by men developing hard-to-treat cancers such as those affecting the bladder, oesophagus and liver, according to the charity, Cancer Research UK, which produced the figures.

The findings are to be presented at the Men's Health Forum conference in London.

Irish Independent

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