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Men and cancer

This page tells you about cancer in men. The number of men getting cancer is rising. This is partly because men are living longer than ever before. Age is the biggest risk factor for cancer. The good news is that the number of men surviving is also increasing. Overall, men are 14% more likely to get cancer than women. There are a number of reasons for this.

Diagnosing cancer early is an important factor in successful treatment. Being aware of possible symptoms, what is normal for you, and knowing when to go to the doctor helps to diagnose cancers earlier. To help you find out more we have information about cancers that just affect men

Men are more at risk of nearly all the common cancers that affect both sexes. We have a wealth of information on all the major cancer types including bowel cancer, lung cancer and bladder cancer. Go to our cancer types section to find information about the cancer you are looking for.

Men are much less likely than women to develop breast cancer. But around 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and so we have information about breast cancer in men.

We also have a number of tips and stories about men’s experiences of cancer. You can find our tips and stories in the coping with cancer section.

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Updated: 31 October 2013