Study: Men Are Less Likely Screened For Cancer Compared To Women

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Cancer is a disease which affects many individuals across the globe. There are multiple types of cancer depending on the site of invasion of tumor cells. Today, cancer is already considered as curable because of many improvements and advancements in technologies which paved way for a more safe and effective measure of treating the disease. Also, campaigns and advocacies on early detection through screenings have made significant impact regarding the awareness of the general public to engage to various screening tests for cancer.

Early detection of cancer can lead to a better prognosis because the disease will be most likely detected on its earlier stage which means reduced complicated treatments and lesser financial burden to the patient and his family. The significance of early detection among the general population should be further realize in order to achieve better health outcomes resulting to saving more lives at the end of the day.

According to a new study, there is a difference on the perception of both males and females in terms of having them screened for cancer. It was found out that men are less likely to submit themselves for screening tests for cancer as compared to women. Thus, this can be implicated to higher death rates of males with cancer.

The new study which was released online in the American Journal of Men’s Health involve the analysis and examination of about 1,150 adults who are residing in New York City, Baltimore, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. About 35 per cent of the study subjects were males and most study subjects belong to the age group of 30 to 59 years. The researchers gathered the data by doing a telephone survey and asking questions related to cancer screenings.

Researchers found out that that there are less number of males who would like to submit themselves for cancer screening tests. According to Jenna Davis, study corresponding author, of the department of health outcomes and behavior at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., she said: “Our findings indicate that there is a need for better health and cancer screening promotion among men.”

Moreover, possibly reasons why men would less likely opt to go for cancer screenings include: most cancer awareness information drives are concentrated on breast cancer for women, also, there is less focused on cancer screenings for males, and women tend to visit their doctors more often than males.

In terms of prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer among men, “the American Cancer Society recommends that men make an informed decision with their doctor about whether to be tested for prostate cancer. Research has not yet proven that the potential benefits of testing outweigh the harms of testing and treatment. The American Cancer Society believes that men should not be tested without learning about what we know and don’t know about the risks and possible benefits of testing and treatment.”




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