Key data: cancer and circulatory diseases

Key data on cancer and circulatory diseases in men.

Compiled by the Men’s Health Forum, March 2013


Cancer is more common in men than women.

Circulatory diseases

Although more women than men in the UK die from all diseases of the circulatory system (including stroke), men are more likely to die prematurely.

  • In the UK in 2010, 49% of all age deaths from circulatory diseases were male as were 58% of all age deaths from coronary heart disease (CHD) alone (Reference: BHF).
  • An analysis of premature (under 75 years) deaths specifically shows that 68% of all circulatory disease deaths were male as were 75% of CHD deaths and 56% of stroke deaths (Reference: BHF).
  • The age-specific death rate per 100,000 population from CHD in the UK in 2010 was 15 for men and 4 for women in the 35-44 age group, 62 for men and 14 for women in the 45-54 group, 165 for men and 40 for women in the 55-64 group, and 396 for men and 148 for women in the 65-74 group (Reference: BHF).
  • In England in 2010, the death rate from myocardial infarction per 100,000 population for men under 75 was 20.3 and for women 6.3 (Reference: BHF).