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How cancer hits men globally

Friday February 14th, 2014

Men are much more badly affected by cancer globally than women, according to figures published today.

More than a million more deaths from cancer involve men than involve women, according to the new study.

Some 4.6 million men die from the disease ever year compared with 3.5 million women.

Experts said men tended to get cancers that are harder to treat, such as cancers of the bladder, liver, lung and oesophagus.

The high rates may also be linked to men being more likely to be heavy smokers and drinkers.

The highest male death rates are in Central and Eastern Europe.

But in East Africa more women than men die from cancer, according to the figures from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Cancer Research UK today published the figures on an interactive map.

Nick Ormiston-Smith, from Cancer Research UK, said: “Cancer is estimated to account for around 16 per cent of all deaths worldwide. Age is the biggest risk factor for most cancers and, as global life-expectancy increases, we’ll see more people being diagnosed with the disease.

“But lifestyle also plays an important role. Worldwide, tobacco consumption has been responsible for an estimated 100 million deaths in the last century and, if current trends continue, it will kill 1,000 million in the 21st century. Smoking is by far the most important preventable cause of cancer in the world.”

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Tags: Cancer | Menís Health | UK News | Womenís Health & Gynaecology | World Health

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