Why should men think about their health?

Men’s life expectancy is lower than women’s even though there is no biological reason for there to be a difference. Men have a much higher suicide rate than women and are more likely to die from preventable illnesses. Research indicates that up to half of male cancer cases could be prevented by improving diet and lifestyle.

The biggest difference between men and women is how they look after their health. Men don't like going to doctors when they are ill. They don’t examine themselves for lumps and bumps, and they are less likely to report the symptoms of disease or illness. Their condition is likely to have worsened by the time they decide to seek diagnosis.

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