NATIONAL MEN`S HEALTH WEEK (NMHW)

MENS HEALTH: Key issues
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About MHF
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Male mortality and morbidity
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Use of services
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Men’s Health Forum
• An independent, authoritative advocate for
male health
• Tackling inequalities in policy and practice
• A DH Strategic Partner
• The Centre for Excellence in men’s health
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UK life expectancy
81.6
77.4
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Age-standardised mortality rates
three leading causes of death, all ages, per million population,
England and Wales, 2007
Circulatory
diseases
Cancer
Respiratory
diseases
Males
2,303
2,133
859
Females
1,460
1,545
625
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Premature male deaths
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21% of men die of all causes between the ages
of 15-64 years compared to 12% of women
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In some areas and for some communities,
male life expectancy is 65 years (or less)
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Life expectancy at birth by social
class and sex England and Wales, 2002-5
Social class
Males
Females
% difference
1
2
3N
3M
4
5
80.0
79.4
78.4
76.5
75.7
72.7
85.1
83.2
82.4
80.5
79.9
78.1
6.4
4.8
5.1
5.2
5.5
7.4
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Gender and social class
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Middle-aged men twice as likely to have diabetes
as women
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Men twice as likely to not know they have
diabetes.
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No
Sw rwa
Th
e y
e De d e
Ne n n
th ma
Sw erl rk
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er s
la
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st
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l
Fi an d
nl
a
Fr n d
Un
a
ite Ge nce
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Ki an
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d
Lu Be om
xe lgiu
m m
bo
ur
g
Ita
S p ly
Po ai
rtu n
G ga
re l
ec
e
Melanoma incidence rate
18
16
14
12
10
8
6
4
2
0
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Men
Women
No
Sw rwa
y
De ed e
nm n
Au ark
Th
st
e
Ne Fin ria
th lan
S
Un w erla d
ite itz n d
d er l s
Ki an
ng d
G d
Lu er om
xe ma
m ny
bo
ur
g
Ita
Ire ly
la
Fr n d
a
Be nc
lg e
iu
Sp m
Po ai
rtu n
G ga
re l
ec
e
Melanoma mortality rate
3.5
3
2.5
2
1.5
1
0.5
0
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Men
Women
Men’s symptom awareness
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Men’s usage of the health service
25
20
15
10
5
0
Men
ag
es
al
l
75
+
Women
16
-2
4
25
-3
4
35
-4
4
45
-5
4
55
-6
4
65
-7
4
%
Consultation with GP, by gender 1998,1999
Source: General Household Survey, Office for National Statistics
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Men do not ask for help
Services not responsive to men
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WORKING WITH MEN:
EFFECTIVE APPROACHES
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