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A 2011 study from U.S. researchers shows that cancer targets sex (gender): a much higher percentage of men die from cancer than do women.


Drs. Michael B. Cook, Katherine A. McGlynn, Susan S. Devesa, Neal D. Freedman, and William F. Anderson, all from the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute (Bethesda, Maryland) were the study authors.

They wrote up their results in the article 'Sex Disparities in Cancer Mortality and Survival' (doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-11-0246), which appears online on July 12, 2011, in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention.

The American researchers used data from the 'Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Database' for 36 different cancers, and grouped them by gender and age.

The data comprised the period from 1977 to 2006, and was set up to compare male-to-female mortality rate ratios (MRR).

Their results found: 'For the vast majority of cancers, age-adjusted mortality rates were higher among males than females with the highest male-to-female MRR for lip (5.51), larynx (5.37), hypopharynx (4.47), esophagus (4.08), and urinary bladder (3.36).'

That is, for example, death from lip cancer is 5.51 times more likely in men than it is for women.

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William Atkins

William Atkins completed educational degrees in science (bachelor’s in physics and mathematics) from Illinois State University (Normal, United States) and business (master’s in entrepreneurship and bachelor’s in industrial relations) from Western Illinois University