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).


The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.

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