Men are more likely to get breast cancer, according to a new study.
According to the study, published in the British Medical Journal, men were more likely than women to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer or non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but the gap narrowed when it came to developing or managing these cancers.
The study included 4,977 Australian men aged between 25 and 79 years old and 1,542 women aged between 18 and 64 years old.
Researchers found that the average number of cancer diagnoses per person per year was 3.3, but for both sexes the average was 1.3.
Men were more than three times as likely to develop non-hodgkins lymphoma compared to women, the study found.
The authors also found that men are less likely to be prescribed an anti-cancer medication for prostate cancer compared to the opposite sex.
“Men’s sexual behaviour has been shown to be a significant predictor of prostate cancer risk, and for many reasons, men may be more vulnerable to this disease,” lead researcher Dr Michael Hetherington, from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, said.
“This could have serious implications for men and their health.”
Dr Hetheringham said the findings may not apply to all men.
“It is possible that some men have higher risk of prostate cancers than others.
But it is important to note that men with lower risk are less affected by the effects of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and are therefore more likely not to need an anticancer medication,” he said.
“We are hopeful that our findings will lead to a better understanding of men’s sexual behaviours and the factors that influence them.”