Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Men Less Likely to Look for Health Treatment

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Men Less Likely to Look for Health Treatment

Article excerpt

WHEN it comes to getting their car regularly serviced most men have no difficulty acting responsibly.

So why is it that they're far more likely to take a a[approximately]head in the sand' approach to the state of their own health, often with serious, even fatal, consequences?

Currently, men of all ages have a 64% higher death rate than women.

The average life expectancy for women is 84, but for men it's only 79 years. Why are men's lives, on average, five years shorter than women's?

The Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand is appealing to men to reflect on the mortality gender gap and take action to address it.

While previous theories cited genetic factors at play, latest research suggests the average adult male's lack of basic personal health awareness is more likely to be the key problem.

Urologists are at the forefront of a range of men's health issues, including some of the biggest killers of Australian men such as kidney, bladder and prostate cancer. …

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