Men more likely to die from cancer, report finds


December 7, 2012 12:51:33 PM PST
Men with cancer may have a tougher go than women.

A new report finds males not only more likely to get the disease but they also have a higher chance of dying from cancer.

Researchers analyzed cancer cases that were not sex specific, such as prostate and ovarian cancer. Overall, men with any type of cancer were 6 percent more likely to die of their disease than women with cancer.

When men and women with the same type of cancer were compared that number went up to 12 percent.

The new study in the journal Urology can't show what's behind the differences, but possible theories include men's higher rates of smoking and drinking, combined with less frequent doctor's visits.

Sex hormones may also contribute.