Academic journal article Health Sociology Review

Attention to Men's Health

Academic journal article Health Sociology Review

Attention to Men's Health

Article excerpt

The past 10 years has seen an increasing interest in male health. The term 'male' is used to emphasise that events in utero through to the ageing process infl uence health outcomes. Indeed, the recent Australian Government's policy is termed a 'male' health policy. It is critical that both biological and social determinants are recognised as having major infl uences on health issues for both males and females. When we investigate rates of cardiovascular disease, traffi c accidents, alcohol and illicit drug use, or obesity, for example, using gender as a lens, then we begin to see men's experiences of these health problems as quite different from women's. If we then look at male-specifi c health problems such as prostate cancer, a men's health perspective can help us think more broadly about issues of masculinity, sexuality and men's relationships, not just the clinical response to consequences of the disease and its treatments.

This special issue of Health Sociology Review focuses on men's health, but adds new concerns to the existing list of health and well-being issues commonly included in men's health, some less familiar even to those working in the fi eld. …

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