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News / July 13, 2011

Gender gap in mouth cancer survival

by Guy Hiscott

A new study revealed that men have higher chances of dying from certain types of cancer than women.

The study published in the journal, Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, found that men have a higher mortality rate for a vast majority of cancers than women do.

The study looked at a database of 36 different types of cancers by sex and age between from 1977 to 2006.

It found the greatest gender gap in deaths from mouth cancer, where 5.5 men died for each woman patient, followed by cancer of the larynx, at 5.37, cancer of the hypopharynx at 4.47 and oesophageal, where 4 men died for each woman patient.

Scientists can’t exactly explain this discrepancy, but lifestyle and life choices likely play a role.

Some possible environmental factors include more exposure to carcinogenic materials like tobacco, alcohol, and toxic metals.