Some facts about men

Some facts about men’s health. Source.

  • 75 per cent of suicides in the UK are by men.
  • Older men have the highest suicide rate in the UK.
  • Studies suggest that depression occurs as often in men as in women.
  • Doctors are less likely to diagnose men with depression than women.
  • Physical illness is a major contributory factor in men developing mental distress.
  • Men are less likely to seek medical attention than women.
  • Unemployment is a major cause of depression and suicide in men.
  • One in seven men who become unemployed will develop depression within six months.
  • Men are more likely than women to experience long-term unemployment.
  • Men make up 96 per cent of the UK prison population.
  •  Men are more likely to be given custodial sentences than women for the same offence.
  • 58 per cent of remand prisoners have been assessed as having mental health problems.
  • 39 per cent of sentenced prisoners have been assessed as having mental health problems.
  • Alcohol and substance abuse is five times more common in men than in women.
  • Men tend to have an earlier onset of schizophrenia and a poorer prognosis than women.

The next section contains a few short quotes from the website. My emphasis.


Research suggests that married men are less likely to commit suicide, and that half of the increase in young male suicide may be due to the fact that less young men are married.

Most divorces and separations are initiated by women, and in the vast majority of cases, the man did not want their family to split up. Men are, in over 70 per cent of cases, divorced by their wives against their wishes. Also, when a relationship breaks down, men may lose touch with their children as well as their partner, and may have to find a new home.

The same study found that if a man takes the step of marrying and has children: he has a 50:50 chance of divorcing and losing custody of his children. He has a one in three chance of losing his home, and a one in ten chance of losing contact with his children forever. UK courts award custody of children to mothers in 91 per cent of cases.

The breakdown of families also has an impact on the lives of young boys. Delegates at a seminar organised by the Home Office (1999) heard how boys who had no contact with their fathers were more likely to be violent, get hurt, get into trouble and do less well at school.

A recent study confirmed that there is a significant link between the level of involvement by fathers and a boy being in trouble with the police. The study found that 35 per cent of boys with little or no involvement with their father had offended, compared to 18 per cent of boys with a highly involved father. Highly involved fathers emerged as a major factor in boys’ general wellbeing. A caring, emotionally supportive father seems to protect boys against depression or suicidal thoughts.


Research has shown that when boys and girls are misbehaving equally, boys receive more frequent and severe penalties. Boys, particularly low-achievers, receive eight to ten times more reprimands than their female classmates. These reprimands are more likely to occur in front of classmates, whereas girls are more likely to be taken aside to be reprimanded.

Violence against men

Violence against men exceeds violence against women in every category, apart from sexual assault and domestic violence. Sixty eight per cent of all homicide victims are male. Both male and female murderers are more likely to kill males than females. Mothers are more likely to kill their sons than their daughters.

There is plenty of information on that site regarding these ignored issues that are affecting boys and men today. Here is a typical example of health funding bias in favour of women:

A MAN diagnosed with prostate cancer has only one-quarter of the cash spent on research into his disease compared to the amount devoted to a woman’s breast cancer.

Every year about 34,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer while 27,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. There are also similar numbers of deaths from the diseases — 13,000 women die from breast cancer while 10,000 men die from prostate cancer.

The government-funded Medical Research Council (MRC) shows the same bias as direct state spending on research. The latest figures available from the MRC, which are for 2001, show that it spent £4.8m on breast cancer and less than £500,000 on prostate cancer . Source.

4 thoughts on “Some facts about men

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  2. Here’s the stats for Prostate Cancer vs. Breast Cancer in the US…

    From The Politicization of disease

    New Cases:

    Breast Cancer (Females) – 215,990
    Prostate Cancer (Males) – 230,110


    Breast – 40,580
    Prostate – 29,900

    Yet in the media and our culture, prostate cancer and breast cancer are far from similar. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the disease is receiving significant national attention, just as it does every year. Many celebrities have taken up the cause of raising money to fight breast cancer. The Arch in St. Louis is lit pink this month, the first-ever case of supporting for a “cause” by decorating the Arch. This precedent concerns the National Park Service, but they were overruled.

    In stark contrast to the “popular” cause of fighting breast cancer is the short shrift given prostate cancer. I’m aware of no groundswell of support from Hollywood to raise awareness about this cancer. I can’t remember the last time I heard about a musician giving a benefit concert to raise money to fight it. And by the way, were you aware that September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month? Something tells me you weren’t.

    Unfortunately, the disparity between breast cancer and prostate cancer is not merely a matter of media attention. The funding disparity is significant as well, as laid bare here by the National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC):

    The United States invests approximately $16,700 to find a cure for each life lost to prostate cancer; more than $21,800 for each life lost to breast cancer, and about $160,000 for each life lost to AIDS.

    Furthermore, the NPCC’s “Funding to Find a Cure” PDF shows that in 2003, prostate cancer accounted for 16.6% of cancer cases and 5.2% of its deaths but received just 7.1% of the funding allotted for cancer research.

    Of course, the politicization of breast cancer pales in comparison to the attention given AIDS. Awareness and fundraising campaigns for the disease have been taken up enthusiastically by Hollywood and the media elite. In my view, this is truly a misallocation of resources. AIDS is extremely preventable; in fact, prevention is the cure. Attempting to treat the disease, which is a virus, has proven extraordinarily difficult. Breast cancer and prostate cancer, by contrast, are not preventable, and the biggest risk factor of these diseases is not behavior but heredity.

    Absolutely AIDS and breast cancer research shoult be funded, and well-funded at that. I simply wish that the funding were not so political.

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