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Why Are Men More Likely to Die from Cancer?

Over the past 10 years, men have had higher rates of diagnosis and death than women, says a new study. How can you protect yourself?

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Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with cancer—and die from it too, according to a new study.

The data, published in the Journal of Urology, covered the past 10 years, and excluded sex-specific cancers like prostate and ovarian cancers.

Here are some of the main findings:

  • When looking at any type of cancer, men are 6 percent more likely to die than women.
  • When comparing the same type of cancer, men are 12 percent more likely to die than women.
  • While the number of deaths per new diagnoses has dropped in the past 10 years, this ratio is still higher for men than women.

Not only did the study point out a gap between men and women when it comes to cancer, but it also raises questions about why the gap exists. Researchers can't make any conclusions from their data, but experts can stress the importance of being proactive about your health. To reduce your risk of cancer, make a point to:

  • See your doctor regularly, and mention any unusual symptoms you might have.
  • Attend cancer screenings to look for early signs of cancer, and to find out your risk.
  • Make positive changes in your lifestyle, such as quitting smoking, cutting back on alcohol and processed or red meat, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and exercising regularly.

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