Cancer rate trends are currently showering a negative bias towards women. Predictive analysis suggests that within the next few decades cancer rates will more than quadruple for women, with rates for men lagging significantly behind. While cancer may strike millions of individuals of both sexes in the coming decades, the tendency for larger numbers among women may be due to various weight related cancers, which only appear in women. Moreover, statistical norms show that the amount of individuals with weight issues, of both sexes, is increasingly on the rise. With more and more people dying from cancer, a disease which ultimately takes a toll higher than the combined figure for many life-threatening conditions, including HIV, research is looking for solutions. Women, in particular, are encouraged to make lifestyle changes that incorporate better fitness, better eating habits, such as less alcohol, and, of course, regular screenings. Cancer-fighting drugs, like the much debated palbociclib, put out by Pfizer, are being fought for by advocates for advancing women’s health. In the case of palbociclib, the cost was deemed exorbitant for the purported gains, which was why the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) declined to endorse a recommendation that the drug be funded. Nonetheless, the fight for better drugs underscores the importance of being ready with solutions for women fighting cancer.
- 1Cancer rates will increase nearly six times faster in women than in men over the next 20 years, with obesity partly to blame, experts predict.
- 2As several of the obesity-related cancer types only affect women, the growing number of people of both sexes who are severely overweight is likely to have a greater effect on incidence of the disease among women, according to the analysis by Cancer Research UK.
- 3Smoking is another factor behind the projected growth of cancer cases among women, which will mean the gap between the number of women and men with the disease narrows.
As several of the obesity-related cancer types only affect women, the growing number of people of both sexes who are severely overweight is likely to have a greater effect on incidence of the disease among women.