Study shows more men die of cancer, and cause likely determines mortality
Jul 21, 2011
In breast cancer health news, recent studies have shown that men are more likely to die from cancer than women, regardless of the nature of the cancer from which they suffer. The research, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, found that overall, mortality rates for cancer sufferers are 1.9 times higher for men than they are for women.
While hormones and sex may play a genetic role in mortality rates, the authors, headed by Michael B. Cook from the National Institutes of Health, note that there's a likely correspondence between lifestyles. Men tend to contract oral cancers, often a product of alcohol and tobacco use, at a rate much higher than women.
Overall, this suggests that mortality is determined more by the cause of a cancer than by the prognosis.
If lifestyle is in fact the determining factor the authors consider it as, the research stresses the importance of living healthily and taking preventive measures to avoid cancers. When it comes to breast cancer, the Centers for Disease Control recommend regular screenings and annual mammograms, and many dietary and lifestyle decisions have been shown to directly affect cancer rates.