3. Heart Disease
Almost twice as many men as women die of ischemic heart disease, the leadingcause of death, by far, for both men and women. This year, over 400,000 menwill die of heart disease, 25% of whom are under age 65. More than 50,000 menwill die of a stroke.
50% more men than women die of cancer. This year over 700,000 men will bediagnosed with cancer and nearly 300,000 will die of it. Over the course of alifetime, half of all men will get cancer at least once.
Your chances of being a victim of homicide are
1 in 30
if you are a black malecompared to
1 in 179
if you are a white male (That’s almost 600% higher risk for black males vs. white males). Your chance of being a killed is
1 in 132
if you area black female compared to
1 in 195
if you are a white female. Whether you areblack or white, you are more likely to be killed if you are male than if you arefemale.
6. Depression and Suicide
Suicide is the ultimate indicator of despair and men suffer at rates more than4 to 17 times higher than women. Not only do men commit suicide at ratesmuch higher than women, but they kill themselves indirectly as well.Psychotherapist Terrence Real, author of
I Don’t Want to Talk About It:Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression
says: “Hidden depressiondrives several of the problems we think of as typically male: physical illness,alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, failures in intimacy, self-sabotage incareers.”Most people know that men commit suicide more often than women. Butmost are not aware of how much more likely men are apt to kill themselves thanare women or how our risk differs with age. “The suicide rate is 4 times higher among males than females overall,” says Will Courtenay, author of
Dying to beMen: Psychosocial, Environmental, and Biohavioral Directions in Promoting theHealth of Men and Boys. “
Suicide rates for males range from 2 times higher among children aged 10 to 14, to 18 times higher among adults aged 85 or older.”