Compiled by the Men’s Health Forum, March 2013
Cancer is more common in men than women.
- Men have a 14% higher risk of developing cancer.
- In the UK in 2011, the European age-standardised incidence rates were 427 per 100,000 males and 376 per 100,000 females (Reference: Cancer Research UK & Men’s Health Forum).
- Men have a 37% higher risk of dying from cancer.
- The mortality rates in 2010 were 201.6 for males and 146.8 for females (Reference: Cancer Research UK & Men’s Health Forum).
- An analysis of the cancers that men and women ‘share’ (i.e. all the cancers except the sex-specific cancers and breast cancer, which is very rare in men) shows that men are 56% more likely to develop one of these cancers and 67% more likely to die (Reference: Cancer Research UK & Men’s Health Forum).
- The five most common cancers in men were prostate (25% of all male cancer cases), lung (14%), bowel (14%), bladder (5%) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (4%) (Reference: Cancer Research UK & Men’s Health Forum).
- The five most common causes of male cancer death were: lung (24% of all male cancer deaths), prostate (13%), bowel (10%), oesophagus (6%) and pancreas (5%) (Reference: Cancer Research UK & Men’s Health Forum).
Although more women than men in the UK die from all diseases of the circulatory system (including stroke), men are more likely to die prematurely.
- In the UK in 2010, 49% of all age deaths from circulatory diseases were male as were 58% of all age deaths from coronary heart disease (CHD) alone (Reference: BHF).
- An analysis of premature (under 75 years) deaths specifically shows that 68% of all circulatory disease deaths were male as were 75% of CHD deaths and 56% of stroke deaths (Reference: BHF).
- The age-specific death rate per 100,000 population from CHD in the UK in 2010 was 15 for men and 4 for women in the 35-44 age group, 62 for men and 14 for women in the 45-54 group, 165 for men and 40 for women in the 55-64 group, and 396 for men and 148 for women in the 65-74 group (Reference: BHF).
- In England in 2010, the death rate from myocardial infarction per 100,000 population for men under 75 was 20.3 and for women 6.3 (Reference: BHF).