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Men who receive a positive colon cancer test are more likely to die from the disease than women who are diagnosed with the condition, according to a new study conducted by the National Cancer Institute.
After examining national data from patients diagnosed with various forms of cancer, the researchers found that 1.42 men died from colon cancer for every one woman. Additionally, the results showed that men are at greater danger from several other types of tumors, including lung, pancreatic and liver cancers.
The researchers said that there could be many reasons for the association, but one of the primary causes is that men are less likely to seek cancer testing than women, particularly when they do not have any symptoms. Most experts agree that regular testing is key to early detection and effective treatment.
"If we can identify the causes of these gender differences in cancer incidence then we can take preventative actions to reduce the cancer burden in both men and women," said Michael Cook, who led the investigation.
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