Where men suffer more than women

PARKINSON’S DISEASE: One of a number of conditions where men outnumber women Photo credit: Flickr

YOU might know that some conditions affect more women than men, such as osteoporosis and breast cancer, but did you know that men are at far greater risk of dying from heart disease and cancer?

Heart disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) accounts for the deaths or nearly one-in-six men and one-in-10 women each year in the UK. According to the British Heart Foundation, there are currently 2.3 million people living with heart disease in the UK – more than 1.4 million men and 850,000 women – and almost twice as many men as women suffer with a heart attack each year (110,000 men, compared to 65,000 women).

Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. The three main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are: involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body, slow movement, and stiff and inflexible muscles.

Men are 1.5 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than women, although scientists aren’t sure why.

Around 127,000 people in the UK have the condition. Most people with Parkinson’s start to develop symptoms when they’re over 50, although around 1 in 20 people with the condition first experience symptoms when they’re under 40.

Skin Cancer

Men are far more likely to die from malignant melanoma – the most serious type of skin cancer – compared to women. According to Cancer Research UK, death rates amongst men are 70 per cent higher than women, despite similar numbers being diagnosed with the disease each year.

Some 6,200 men develop melanoma each year in the UK and 1,300 die from the disease, yet only 900 of the 6,600 women who develop it die.

Cancer in general

It’s not just skin cancer that men are more likely to die from. A recent US study analysed 36 different types of tumours and blood cancers that affect both sexes and found that men have about a 1-in-2 chance of developing cancer at some point in their lives, compared with 1-in-3 chance for women.


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