Sex gap: Men get 32 of 35 cancers more often than women, study shows

Source: LA Times

Men are at higher risk of getting 32 out of 35 cancers, according to an international study, which further suggests that the greatest reason for the gap lies in biology.

“Simply being male is responsible for a huge percentage of our worldwide cancer burden,” said Ellen Chang, research scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and co-author of the paper, which appeared in this week’s European Journal of Epidemiology.

For 15 cancers, the risk for men is twice that for women. And for five cancers — larynx, hypopharynx, lip, bladder and Kaposi sarcoma — men have a four-times greater risk, according to the study conducted by American and Swedish researchers.

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