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Men and Mental Health-Movember

Suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged 35 to 49, equaling 12.6% of male deaths. Nearly 4 times as many men aged 20 to 34 died as a result of suicide and injury or poisoning of undetermined intent than women. 76%of people who kill themselves are men according to ONS. On average 13 men each day take their life through suicide in the UK.

We are continually bombarded with messages about our health; healthy eating, exercise, reducing alcohol intake but, in men these things are important but do not reduce the risk of the number one killer: suicide. What messages are there to encourage men to speak out about their ‘feelings’ and to have an identity outside of the stereotypical image of masculinity which piles on so much pressure. Pressure that I had never seen acknowledged before researching for this blog post.

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Top Mankillers 2- Movember

men and cancer
By BeingMulticellular

So why is this? Men are increasing the intake of alcohol, are gaining weight and are exercising less but mainly women are encouraged and have more access to healthcare than men; men are stereotypically supposed to ‘deal with’ their problems which discourages visits to the doctor that women have access to who they become pregnant for example.

My history teacher said that when his wife was pregnant was the first time he had been in a hospital in 25 years. Ultimately, our traditional societal roles lead to women having more opportunity to be checked for cancer which leads to early diagnosis. I’m not completely convinced by this explanation though because early diagnoses does not reverse cancer being developed and early diagnoses can’t cause a 60% gap in my opinion. Why do you think that men develop cancer more than women?

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Sources:

http://www.who.int/gender/documents/10facts_gender_tobacco_en.pdf

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/smoking-and-cancer/how-smoking-causes-cancer

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