Men 'more susceptible to cancer'

Men could be more vulnerable to different types of cancer than women, an academic has stated.

According to Professor Alan White of Leeds Metropolitan University, a number of lifestyle factors have made males, including those aged over 50, more susceptible to the disease.

For instance, he said more men are overweight, which is often a factor that contributes to some cancers.

However, Professor White warned that many weight loss services are primarily aimed at women, which means males do not always feel comfortable using them.

He added that nearly 14 million males are in full-time employment, which further limits the opportunities they have to look after themselves.

"We need to start recognising that there is an issue, because up to now it has not been recognised," Professor White added.

According to cancer charity Macmillan, there are about 750,000 people of working age in the UK with a cancer diagnosis.

However, nearly two-thirds of those with the disease are aged over 65.

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