Monday 18 June 2018

It's not easy being a man - but health campaign aims to cut six-year life gap

Movember grew from a bristly upper lip and is now determined to increase male longevity, writes Joy Orpen

MAKING MEN HEALTHIER: Neil Rooney, of the Movember Foundation, a global organisation that focuses on men’s mental and physical health issues. Photo: Tony Gavin
MAKING MEN HEALTHIER: Neil Rooney, of the Movember Foundation, a global organisation that focuses on men’s mental and physical health issues. Photo: Tony Gavin

Joy Orpen

Men's health is in crisis. Every week, on average, approximately 10 people in Ireland die from suicide. Of these, the greater proportion are men.

Globally, men die six years earlier than their female counterparts; in Ireland the gap is slightly less. Men are 36pc more likely to die from cancer than women.

More men die of prostate cancer than do women from breast cancer. Yet the Pink Ribbon movement is now an incredibly well supported national institution in Ireland, while prostate cancer remains the poor relation, getting little attention or support.

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