Daily News: Disease

SKIN CANCER PROVING MORE FATAL FOR MEN

World Entertainment News Network

08-22-13

Men are more likely to die from skin cancer than women, a new report has found. Malignant melanoma, the deadliest type of the disease, kills 1,300 men a year, compared to 900 women. It is believed that men putting off seeking professional help may be the main reason, but experts believe it could also come down to biology. Prof Newton-Bishop, from the University of Leeds, says, "Research has suggested the difference between the sexes could be in part because men are more likely to be diagnosed when melanoma is at a more advanced stage. But there also seem to be strong biological reasons behind the differences, and we're working on research to better understand why men and women's bodies deal with their melanomas in different ways. Stage for stage, men do less well with this cancer so there's something very important that this is telling us about how the body deals it. We think it is something to do with the immune system rather than hormones because pre- and post-menopausal fare the same."

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