Gender-Related Cancers

European Commission | January, 01 , 2006
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Among the many diseases (about 100) which make up the ‘cancer’ family, a number are said to be “gender related”. That is, they either affect women or men, due to their origin or localisation on the genital organs, or their link with “secondary sexual characteristics”. These include breast, cervical and ovarian cancers, in the case of women, and prostate and testicular cancers in the case of men. Despite this progress, gender-related cancers remain a major public health issue in Europe, with high levels of both incidence and morbidity. In 2004, 275 100 women in the enlarged European Union contracted breast cancer, 88 400 of whom died of it, making breast cancer the most common cause of death among women aged between 35 and 55


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