New research has shown cancer is more likely to be terminal for men than for women.
British men are more than 35% more likely to die from cancer than their female counterparts, the study has claimed.
In 2010 in every 100,000 men, 202 died from cancer while for every 100,000 women, there were 147 cancer-related deaths.
And when breast cancer and gender-specific cancers including prostate, testicular and ovarian were taken out of the analysis, an even greater difference between the two sexes emerged. The report said if these types of cancer were excluded, men were more than two thirds more likely to be killed by the disease than women.
The risk of a man dying from liver cancer is almost double that of a woman while their likelihood of dying of oesophageal cancer is almost triple.
The report, written by Cancer Research UK, the Men’s Health Forum and the National Cancer Intelligence Network, claims the difference in death rates could be in part because men are more likely to suffer from cancers which are difficult to treat including in the bladder, oesophagus and liver.
The research, which was presented in London at the Men’s Health Forum conference, said men under the age of 65 are 58% more likely to die from cancers which affect both genders.
Each year 82,500 men in the UK die from cancer - more than from anything else.
The report’s co-author and chairman of the Men’s Health Forum, Professor Alan White, said the research demonstrates what a major issue cancer is and shows more work needs to be done to look at why men are at greater risk of dying from the disease than women.
He said the NHS needs to take a lead role in working to prevent men developing the disease.
He added that the Men’s Health Forum is leading a campaign to find answers to the gender inequalities.