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Men 40 per cent 'more likely' to die from cancer than women

The need for men with dependants to protect their family's financial future with critical illness insurance has been highlighted by new research stating that men are almost 40 per cent more likely than women to die from cancer.

According to a report by the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN), Cancer Research UK and the Men's Health Forum, men are also 16 per cent more likely to develop the disease in the first place.

When breast cancer and sex-specific melanomas are taken out of the picture, the chances of men dying from the disease compared to women jump to 70 per cent, with the likelihood of developing the illness rising 60 per cent.

According to the experts, the high differences may be down to "stereotypical male behaviour" such as down-playing "important early symptoms and having an unhealthy lifestyle".

"Men have a reputation for having a 'stiff upper lip' and not being as health-conscious as women," explained Professor David Forman of the NCIN.

They are also likely to risk their health and finances by ignoring insurance such as income protection or critical illness cover, according to recent research from Friends Provident.

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