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Men and Cancer - Saving Lives


Wilkins D.

Subject Keywords: Men's Health, Cancer, Mortality, Gender
Set: Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: All-island

Proceedings of the Expert Roundtable held at the King’s Fund in London on January 29th 2013.

There is no “Executive Summary” for this document because the document is itself a summary of the presentations and the debate at the Men and Cancer Expert Roundtable. It is possible to read each of the five summary presentations and the “Background” section as a stand-alone papers, covering:

• The recent history of work to reduce the excess cancer mortality in men in the UK (Background to the Roundtable)

• Statistical trends as a guide to future action (Prof Alan White)

• Recent progress in Ireland, where an important national report has tried to identify some of the explanations for higher rates of cancer in men (Dr Noel Richardson and Nick Clark)

• Encouraging early presentation and early diagnosis in men (Kathy Elliott)

• Potential biological explanations for gender differences in cancer incidence and mortality (Prof David Phillips)

• Infections as a cause of cancer in men (Peter Greenhouse)

The Roundtable brought together some of the foremost thinkers on the relationship between gender and cancer. It also included national experts on improving male health. At fewer than fifty participants, the event was small enough that everyone was able to take part in the open discussion that followed the presentations. The open discussion sought to answer three questions as a means of arriving at recommendations for future actions:

• What don’t we know that we need to know?

• What ideas do we need to test or pilot?

• What should be our policy priorities?





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Suggested citation:

Wilkins D.. (2013) Men and Cancer - Saving Lives [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 17th August 2017].


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