Cancer Rates For Women Growing Six Times Faster Than For Men

February 6, 2017

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Some disturbing news from a report that says cancer rates for women are rising six times faster than in men.  Estimates predict that over the next 20 years, cancer rates for men will rise half a percent and a staggering 3% for women.  By 2035, 4.5 million women and 4.8 million men will be diagnosed with cancer. The jump is being blamed on lifestyle choices, such a diet, smoking and exercise.  The UK study, confirmed the most common cancers for both men and women are breast, prostate, lung and bowel.  Health care workers were alarmed to see the rise of, ovarian, cervical and oral cancers in women.  Although smoking is down, the lag time from when women took up the habit decades ago is now catching up with their male counterparts. However the rise in reports of cancer could be due to women more open to seeking medical advice as prevention more than men, who historically shy away from the doctor's office.  In any case, a third of cancers could be prevented by eating healthier, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and quit smoking.


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