In 2015, it’s estimated that 312,150 men will die from cancer. Not including non-melanoma skin cancer, the combination of lung cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer accounts for nearly half of these deaths.
Cancer mortality is higher among men than it is among women. Based on statistics from 2008-2012, the rate of cancer death is 207.9 per 100,000 men and 145.4 per 100,000 women. Overall, 39.6 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime (excluding skin cancer.)
Thankfully, survival rates overall are improving, even for some difficult to treat cancers, and more people are living beyond cancer. From 2001 and 2011, cancer death rates decreased by 1.8 percent among men, although for some specific cancers there was an increase. Better treatments, as well as early detection (especially for colon cancer), is saving lives.
The best cure, however, is prevention. It’s not always hard and it’s not always obvious, For example, exposure to radon gas in the home is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. This cause is completely preventable, but first, you have to know if you have a problem. Check out these top 10 ways to prevent cancer.