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Experts say men are the 'weaker' sex

3rd November 2010

UK experts have said that men are more likely to become ill and die earlier than their female counterparts.


The Men's Health Forum has launched a new campaign in order to redress this imbalance and get men to take more care of their health.

Men have more chance of getting cancer than women and have more likelihood of dying from it, along with heart disease, obesity and stroke.

Figures show that 42% of men in England and Wales will die before they reach 75 years of age, in comparison to only 26% of women.

This means nearly 100,000 men in die prematurely annually in comparison to 66,000 women. However, many of these deaths could be prevented.

Heart attacks and strokes cause 300 deaths in every 100,000 men, in comparison to 190 deaths in the same proportion of women.

Figures show that men have 70% more likelihood of getting types of cancer which are suffered by both men and women, and 60% more likelihood of getting cancer.

Men are more likely to drink and smoke too much, and 40% of men do not take enough exercise. 41% of men weigh too much, compared to 32% of women.

Men's Health Forum chief executive Peter Baker said: "It is very easy and tempting to blame men for this and to be fatalistic about it, but we do not think that's right. Men do care about their health and don't want to die young."

"One issue is that the health system is not working for them. Services are not very male friendly."



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Article Information

Title: Experts say men are the 'weaker' sex
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 16592
Date Added: 3rd Nov 2010


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