Health & Wellbeing Service - Manchester

Why is Men’s Health SO important?


  • A man can expect to be seriously or chronically ill for 14 years of his life. 
  • Men visit their GP 20% less frequently than women and are also much less likely to use pharmacy, smoking cessation, weight management and health trainer services.
  • Circulatory diseases kill more men than any other disease and the rate is over 50 per cent higher than for women.
  • 40% of men still die prematurely (before the age of 75); 22% of men in England and Wales die before they reach 64 compared to 13% of women; 42% are dead by 75 compared to 26% of women.   
  • Male death rates are significantly affected by social deprivation: men who are defined as unskilled have a life expectancy of under 73 years, over seven years fewer than professional men, and in certain communities in England life expectancy is as short as 65 years.
  • The biggest single cause of death in men is cancer.
  • Men are 60% more likely to develop cancer and are 70% more likely to die from the disease.
  • The number of new cases of prostate cancer has climbed to over 34,000 a year.
  • 75% of people who kill themselves are men.
  • One in eight men is dependent on alcohol and men are three times more likely to become dependent on alcohol.
  • By 2015, 36% of men will be obese.
  • Physically active men have a 20-30% reduced risk of premature death and up to 50% reduced risk of developing major chronic diseases;
  • Men who walk or cycle for at least 30 minutes a day have a 34 per cent lower risk of dying from cancer than the men who do less exercise or nothing at all.