ONS study highlights cancer gender gap

27 June 2013

The risk of developing cancer is higher for women in their late 30s and 40s than men, a new study has indicated.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that more women in this age band undergo cancer treatment than their male counterparts.

Experts said this is due to cancers more likely to affect males tending to develop later in life.

Men aged between 65 and 69 were found to have a 37 per cent higher chance of contracting the disease than women of the same age.

Ciarán Devane, chief executive at Macmillan Cancer Support, said the ONS figures reveal a worrying gender gap.

"Cancer affects women more in younger age groups, but men are significantly worse affected over the age of 60," he stated.

"The reasons for this are complex and only partially understood. Further research needs to be carried out to understand these differences better.”

Mr Devane expressed surprise at the number of cases reported across both genders.

“It is startling that the number of new cases of cancer diagnosed has soared by nearly a fifth in the last ten year," he stated.

Office for National Statistics. "Animated Map of Cancer Incidence in England, 1995-1997 to 2009-2011". Wednesday, June 23rd 2013.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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