17 Diseases More Common in Men Than in Women
As it turns out, women actually do possess a prostate, referred to in female anatomy as the Skene’s glands. However, it is extremely rare for women to develop cancer there.
In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded that approximately 101 men per 100,000 were diagnosed with prostate cancer; meanwhile, there weren’t even enough female cases to contribute to the data set.
Cirrhosis, a disease that occurs when the liver is exposed to heavy amounts of toxins, is much more likely to happen to men. This disease is more frequent in men because, according to the CDC, men are twice as likely to binge on alcohol.
According to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, of the 15.1 million people diagnosed with alcohol use disorder in 2015, 9.8 million were men and only 5.3 million were women. Aside from gender, other risk factors for this disease include genetics and environmental factors like poverty.
With Parkinson’s disease, the brain becomes progressively more damaged over the years, causing the body to shake uncontrollably and leaving the muscles slow and stiff. And men are especially susceptible: In one 2004 meta-analysis published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, researchers found that men were 1.5 times more likely than women to develop Parkinson’s disease.
Men are much more likely to be diagnosed with autism in their lifetime. According to the CDC, men have a 1-in-54 chance of developing autism spectrum disorders, while women have a 1-in-252 chance.
Though women are more likely to develop melanoma before the age of 50, things begin to shift in those later years, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Though it’s unclear why, men—especially those of African American descent—are much more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer, according to the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Fund. Aside from this gender difference, patients are at a higher risk of getting colon cancer
Similar to colon cancer, men—specifically black men—are far more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, notes the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of pancreatic cancer, with an estimated one in four cases directly caused by the habit.
Due to possible exposure to harmful chemicals in the workplace and an increased likelihood of smoking cigarettes, men are twice as likely to receive a kidney cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society.
Oral Cavity Cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, men are more than twice as likely to develop oral cavity cancer.
In 2017, the CDC notes that men made up 81 percent of the nearly 39,000 new HIV diagnoses in the United States. What’s more, approximately 86 percent of newly infected men were either gay or bisexual.
You’re at a greater risk of getting athlete’s foot if you’re male, according to the Mayo Clinic. And while the spread of bacteria that causes fungus on your feet is generally harmless, it can pose a greater risk if and when it makes it to your hands, nails, or groin area, as these areas are more resistant to treatment.
This kind of hernia occurs when tissue pushes through a weak spot in your abdominal wall, causing a very painful bulge near your groin.
Gout, a type of arthritis caused by an overabundance of uric acid in the body, can cause sufferers to feel sharp, needle-like pain in their joints. And, since women’s bodies contain less uric acid, they are less likely to be plagued with the disease, says the Mayo Clinic.
When a bulge occurs in your aorta—the main artery supplying blood from your heart to the rest of your body—it results in an aneurysm.
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
20 percent more common in men—like physicist Stephen Hawking—than in women, though it isn’t known why.
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