UK Male cancer death rates higher than female

A new report has revealed that UK cancer death rates are more than a third higher in men than women.

Figures from Cancer Research UK show that, when gender specific diseases were excluded, men were 67 per cent more likely to die.

Men tend to smoke more cigarettes and drink more alcohol than women, which could be the cause for higher cancer rates Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

They believe the difference comes from men contracting harder to treat cancers, such as bladder, oesophagus and liver cancer.

Risk factors are also higher, as men tend to be heavier drinkers, and smoke more cigarettes than women, the report said.

Professor Alan White, co-author: "The Men's Health Forum is campaigning for a better explanation for these differences and more male-focused cancer prevention work so that fewer men are struck down by cancer."