Male Cancer Inequalities

Every 3 minutes a UK man is diagnosed with cancer and 10 men will die of the disease every hour. Men in general face a number of cancer inequalities that include:

  • Men are 60% more likely to get cancers that affect both sexes
  • Men are 70% more likely to die of those cancers
  • Men have a lower ‘five-year survival rate’ for most cancers
  • Men are less likely to be screened for cancer
  • Men are more likely to get a late diagnosis for cancer
  • Less money is invested in researching into male cancers
  • Men with cancer report a worse patient experience than women


  1. More than 50 men die of lung cancer every day
  2. More than one man dies of prostate cancer every hour
  3. One man an hour dies of colorectal cancer
  4. Nearly 100 men a wek die of oesophogus cancer
  5. More than 10 men a day die from cancer of the pancreas
  6. Nearly 10 men a day die of bladder cancer
  7. More than 50 men a week die of stomach cancer
  8. Nearly 50 men a week die of leukaemia
  9. 200 men a moth die of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  10. One man every 4 hours dies of Kidney Cancer

Testicular cancer is the biggest cancer killer in men under 45  – to find out more about our work to raise awareness of testicular cancer see the Talking Testicles campaign.

To find out about symptoms of cancer visit the NHS website.

The best prevention against cancer deaths is a healthy lifestyle and early diagnosis.


Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

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