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Men Have Higher Lifetime Ca Risk Than Women: SEER Data

Men Have Higher Lifetime Ca Risk Than Women: SEER Data

BETHESDA, Md--The lifetime risk of developing cancer for the US
population is 44.8% for men and 39.3% for women, according to
an analysis of incidence rates from the National Cancer Institute's
SEER (Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results) program for 1973
to 1991.

Risks of developing cancer are higher in whites than in blacks
by about 8%, said Lawrence Garfinkel, special consultant in epidemiology
and statistics, American Cancer Society.

However, lifetime risks of dying of cancer show smaller differences
between sexes and races. Among men, 23.4% will die of cancer,
compared with 20.4% of women, and the risk of dying of cancer
is the same in whites and blacks (23.6% vs 23% for white and black
men, respectively, and 20.8% vs 19% for white and black women,
respectively).

For men, prostate cancer, at 15.4%, tops the list of cancers most
likely to develop in a lifetime, while for women, breast cancer
represents the most likely cancer with a 12.3% lifetime risk (one
in eight).

Other cancers with a high lifetime probability include lung and
bronchus (8.5% for men and 5.2% for women) and colorectal (6.1%
for men and 5.9% for women). All other cancers, except for urinary
bladder cancer in men (3.3%), have a lifetime risk of under 2%
for both sexes. Of those sites that can be compared, men have
a higher risk of developing cancer than women at all sites, except
for the pancreas, thyroid, and breast.

For both sexes, lung cancer represents the most life-threatening
cancer, with risk of dying of the disease at 7.1% for men and
4.1% for women, Mr. Garfinkel said in his report in the Statistical
Bulletin (Oct-Dec 1995, pp 31-37).

Cancer Occurs Earlier in Women

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