Men's Health Concerns

Male health desperately needs improving. Men are more likely to die prematurely at any age up to 65 than a woman born in the same year.

Men, we need to start educating ourselves and other males that our health and general well-being is of paramount importance to beating an unnecessary premature death. With awareness follows the responsibility to make decisions and taking action concerning your health, this is not scaremongering; this is surviving.

One problem is that men are not used to discussing difficult subjects concerning their health, or having private investigations performed on them.

Even if a man does recognise he has a health problem, he frequently ignores it in the hope it will go away. Four out of every five males admit to taking too long before seeking medical advice. This is borne out by the fact that, of those people who do not consult their doctor at least once per year.

MENBEINGMEN is providing this information, dismiss the myths and fears and persuade those men who do have a health problem or are simply being reactive with their health to seek advice sooner rather than later so that the risk of many common, killer male diseases may be minimised.

Prostate Cancer  

47,151 new cases of prostate cancer, 2015, UK

11,631 deaths from prostate cancer, 2016, UK

84% survive prostate cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales.

Testicular Cancer 

2,288 New cases of testicular cancer, 2015, UK

57 Deaths from testicular cancer, 2016, UK

98% Survive testicular cancer for 10 or more years, 2010-11, England and Wales

Preventable cases of testicular cancer are not known as it is not clearly linked to any preventable risk factors.

Heart Disease

Although more women than men in the UK die from all diseases of the circulatory system (including stroke), men are more likely to die prematurely.

Overweight and Obesity

​In England, men are more likely to have a body mass index measurement above normal weight.

Men are more likely than women to be overweight or obese (66% of men, 57% of women).

Levels of overweight and obesity are highest among those aged 45-74.


Middle-aged men 45-65 are twice as likely to have diabetes as women – and twice as likely not to know they have it.

Key statistics on diabetes shows that 2.4 per cent (around 92,960) of men in England aged 35-44 have diabetes compared to 1.2 per cent (around 47,000) of women of the same age.

6 per cent (around 197,050) of men aged 45-54 have diabetes compared to 3.6 per cent (around 120,670) of women their age.


Although there has been an overall downward trend in suicide rates over the
past decade, the statistics are clear – in terms of age, gender and socio-economic status, the group most at risk of suicide are men, in the lowest social class, in their mid-years. Men are three times more likely than women to end their own lives. (ref Samaritans)

Mental Health

In England, around 1 in 8 men have a common mental health problem. However, men may be reluctant to seek support for their mental health or disclose mental health problems to the ones that care about them most.


In England, there are an estimated 589,101 dependent drinkers. Less than 20% are receiving the treatment.

24% of adults in England and Scotland regularly drink over the Chief Medical Officer’s low-risk guidelines, and 27% of drinkers in Great Britain binge drink on their heaviest drinking days (over 8 units for men.

In the UK in 2017, alcohol-specific death rates were highest among 60-64 year old males.

Alcohol is a factor in more than 60 medical conditions.

Men and Drug Misuse

According to the November update of the Statistics on Drug Misuse in England for 2018 report Men use drugs more than women, and more drug-related hospital admissions are men and more men than women die from drugs.


According to the World Health Organization, both genders need to eat a minimum of 5 portions of fruit and veg per day. They go on to suggest that if you consume this amount, it will help in lowering the risk of those serious health problems, such as some cancers, heart disease, and stroke.


Being fit and well is paramount to keeping up with today's busy pace of life, but are we taking care of ourselves as we should? Do we eat the right foods? Are we active enough? Do we keep quiet about health issues that could be silent killers that could rob us prematurely of our lives?

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