Now that it’s November, you may begin seeing more men growing beards and moustaches. What you may not know is that it’s all for a good cause: raising awareness about men’s health. One startling fact for men: in the U.S., men die an average of five years earlier than women.¹
Why do men die earlier? Although men and women have the same top-two leading causes of death² – heart disease and cancer – men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year.³ Studies have shown that women are also more health conscious, more aware of their symptoms and more adherent to treatment – all of which benefit in earlier diagnosis and care.4
Men’s Health Stats5
Men in the U.S. die an average of five years earlier than women.
• 1 in 8 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, the second most common cancer in men.
• Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men ages 15 – 34 years.
• More than three times as many men as women die by suicide in the U.S.
• Men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year.
To increase the rate at which male patients receive preventive care, healthcare providers can use automated wellness reminders to educate them about the availability and affordability of preventive screenings. The good news is 80 percent of patients say they would get preventive screenings if their healthcare provider scheduled them.7 Providers who use outreach campaigns have seen significant increases in patient participation.
Read the full report here: “Examining Care Quality: How Patient Engagement Improves Health.”
¹ CDC. National Center for Health Statistics, “Mortality in the United States,” 2015.
² CDC. Leading Cause of Death in Males and Females: United States, 2014 (current listing).
³ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, “Healthy Men,” 2012.
4 Business Insider. “Here’s Why Men Die Earlier than Women,” March 12, 2017.
5 Movember Foundation. Press Kit, 2017.
7 West. “Examining Care Quality: How Patient Engagement Improves Health,” 2017, p.15.