Cancer Hits More Women In India Than Men, But More Men Die Of It

Doctor’s Say Women Get Greater Medical attention, So Detection Is Early.

The WHO developed statistical tool Globecan2012 shows that the BigC has affected more Indian women than men. But more Indian men die of cancer than women said the World Cancer Report 2014.

The mortality rate of men suffering from cancer is around 75% as compared to approx 60% in women.

This gender bias in cancer research is noticable. Women are subjected to more medical attention in their lifespan, allowing cancers to be picked early, hence increasing their lifespan. This was concluded by doctors from Chandigarh’s Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education Research (PGI-MER). Men, don’t get regularly screened for cancer. They get screened for it mostly after symptoms are strong. By then it’s too late for them to be saved.

Below are a few reasons why men die more from Cancer as compared to women:

  1. Estrogen, the female sex hormones, protects the women against cardiovascular disease and cancer. It increases the chances of survival in women. Men, as they don’t secret this hormone, lose out on this advantage that women have.
  2. “From antenatal checkup, menupause problems to menstrual disorders, women get investigated and, by default, get screened for cancer. Therefore cancers are picked up at an earlier stage and mortality is less.”, says Dr Rakesh Kapoor, Department of Radiotherapy, PGI-MER. On similar lines, Dr Rajesh Dixit, professor of epidemiology at the Centre of Cancer Epidemiology, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai also notes that there is no screening for cancer in men.
  3. Most national policies for cancer are directed more towards cancers that hit women, such as breast cancer and cervical cancer, as they are non-invasive. Men, like in all other domains, are deprived in the health sector too. There is a huge absence of dedicated policies for men’s health as opposed to that of women.
  4. Men have prolonged exposures to life-style risk factors that cause cancer such as tobacco use, substance abuse and alcohol consumption.
  5. Funds raised by NGOs, those allocated for cancer research in women are also much higher for cancer in women as compared to cancer in men. This directly translates into quicker breakthroughs for cancer detection & cure in women as compared to men.

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