Gender Effects

The age-adjusted incidence rates for MM are higher in men (in the United States, 8090 cases were diagnosed in men versus 7180 cases in women, in the year 2004). This gender-related difference is noted across all age groups and is maintained worldwide in all reported age-specific incidence rates. This is despite the fact that MM is a disease of the elderly, and that women in general live longer than men. This gender-related difference is not only limited to the incidence of MM. There are indications that women may be more resistant than men to carcinogen exposure from occupation, radiation exposure, or smoking. In some studies, women have a better prognosis after therapy than do men.8-12

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