A male child born in the Republic
of Ireland will have a six year difference in life expectancy
than his female counterpart.
In Northern Ireland, for every
one woman dying from cervical cancer, six men will die from
prostate cancer. Prostate cancer - as a percentage of all
cancers diagnosed in Northern - has risen from 9.7% in 1993
to 11.4% in 1998.
The South of Ireland now has the
highest rate of referral for male drug abuse in the EU.
One in eight of all admissions
to hospital from casualty departments are alcohol related. Most
of these are men. Eleven times as many men in Northern Ireland
will take their own lives as women - compared to an average
ratio of 4:1 in the rest of the UK. This is a particular concern
for gay men, young men and men in rural communities.
Suicide Unfortunately growing up amidst institutionalised
homophobia and discrimination
against anyone who is not heterosexual has taken its toll (and
still does) on gay and bisexual men. As gay and bisexual men we
are brought up to feel that society doesn't value us. Through
the education system, coupled with Roman Catholicism, growing
up can be a terrible ordeal. For gay and bisexual men the cost of such
an upbringing in such a homophobic climate is a very damaged self-esteem.
The Combat Poverty Report illustrates that gay/bisexual men are
7 times more likely to take their own life than their heterosexual
counterparts. Suicide is now the single greatest cause of young
male death in many parts of Ireland. How many of these are related
to unhappiness with sexuality is an ongoing question?
Bottled Up For many men, the solution comes out of the neck of a bottle.
One in eight of all admissions to hospital from casualty departments
are alcohol related. Most of these are men. At the same time,
addiction to injected drugs is doubling every ten years, but almost
only amongst men. Infections from injected drug abuse follows
the same pattern with men suffering increasingly from hepatitis
If you compare all the major killers, such as Heart Disease and
Lung Cancer, men easily come out best - from the undertakers
point of view.
Heart Disease is the number one killer
for men. One in three of us will die from either a myocardial
infarction (heart attack) or a stroke. Worse still, one in six
will die from heart disease.
Lung Cancer is the biggest cancer
killer amongst men, a disease directly related to smoking.
Cancer of the prostate will see off
over 9,500 men each year, four times as many men than cervical
cancer will kill women.
Of the 200 deaths from testicular cancer
from the 1200 cases reported each year, almost none need ever
Even once relatively obscure conditions,
such as melanoma, kill more men than women despite their being
more cases of the cancer in women.
Facts and statistics taken from
the Mens Health Forum of Ireland Aware of
the need for information for men on all aspects of health this
section of the website contains introductions/facts on the