When It Comes to Health, Men Are the Weaker Sex
Nov 11th 2010
Men are more likely to get cancer and die from it than women. Men are also more likely to suffer from heart disease, stroke and obesity. With these statistics in mind, experts report that when it comes to health, men are actually the weaker sex, according to the BBC News.
In England and Wales, 42 percent of men die before their 75th birthdays, as compared to 26 percent of women. The top killers of men are heart attacks and strokes, which take the lives of 300 in every 10,000 males compared to 190 in every 100,000 females. Cancer is the next biggest killer, and men are 70 percent more likely to die from cancers that affect both genders. Men are also 60 percent more likely to get cancer in the first place.
In response to these dire statistics, the Men's Health Forum, an independent organization that works to improve men's health in the United Kingdom, has begun a campaign to draw more attention to men's health issues. The organization's main concern is that men are dying young from preventable illnesses, which could be because men are less likely than women to seek medical assistance when they are sick, according to experts. In addition, experts also point out that men are more reticent to discuss their health or admit that they're suffering from an ailment.
In order to reverse this trend, Men's Health Forum not only wants men to take the lead on accessing available health services but also to make these services more accessible to the men who need them.
Peter Baker, chief executive of Men's Health Forum, told the BBC that on the whole, men are concerned about their health.
"One issue is that the health system is not working for them," he said. "Services are not very male friendly."
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