Health

January 11, 2009
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There are over 250 commissions concerned with the health of women and girls in the United States. Don't you think there should be at least one for men and boys? There isn't.

The American Journal of Public Health (5/03) has declared that men are in a “silent health crisis.” Almost every chronic illness affects men more often than women. Men account for 80-95% of homeless adults, job deaths and suicide deaths, are more likely than women to have mental disabilities but less likely to be treated for them, and die younger and have higher mortality rates for 13 of the 15 leading causes of death.

Boys make the majority of special education students and are more likely than girls to skip a grade, be expelled or drop out of school.

The California Dept. of Health Services recommended a men’s health office, but it never formed. Meanwhile there are numerous federal offices of women’s health and similar offices at every level of government, but virtually no offices of men’s health. Breast cancer is known as a “horde” of cancer funds. The National Cancer Institute spent about four times more on breast cancer research than prostate cancer research for decades.  All other sources, including the Dept. of Defense, fund breast cancer at far higher and disproportionate rates compared to prostate cancer.

The claim that women were excluded from medical testing is not only antiquated (from the 60s) but is also a one-sided story that has been refuted by experts like Dr. Sally Satel. Historically, women participated in 95% of NIH clinical trials going back to the early 1970s, and men were underrepresented in research on cancer, reproductive health and sex hormones. Today men represent about 37% of participants in NIH-funded research, and gender-specific budgets favor women by more than a 2:1 margin, according to this report by Men’s Health America.

For more, see, Young, C., Satel, S., M.D., “The Myth of Gender Bias in Medicine”; Satel, S.: PC, M.D.:, “How Political Correctness is Corrupting Medicine.”

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21 Responses to Health

  1. Doug on September 11, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Oops. That email bounced. Sent feedback to http://m.nfl.com/feedback/

  2. Doug on September 11, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    I just sent the following email to the commission of the NFL, Mr. Goodell, Roger.Goodell2@nfl.net. I ask that you send him one, too.

    Dear Mr. Goodell,

    As a fan of the NFL and a member of the National Coalition for Men (http://www.ncfm.org), I have to say that I am completely put off by your pink campaign, that support breast cancer research. While I can understand showing love for women's causes, what I cannot understand is putting men's causes to the sideline. I ask that you switch your campaign from breast cancer to testicular cancer or prostate cancer.

    Sir, take a look at the National Coalition for Men website and you will learn that The American Journal of Public Health (5/03) has declared that men are in a “silent health crisis.” Almost every chronic illness affects men more often than women.Men account for 80-95% of homeless adults, job deaths and suicide deaths, are more likely than women to have mental disabilities but less likely to be treated for them, and die younger and have higher mortality rates for 13 of the 15 leading causes of death.

    We are men, and the time to stand up for each other is right now. We defend and protect our right to watch football every Sunday. And, we should defend and protect our right to have just as much positive media attention on our gender's issues as women. Ironically, your organization, in fact, does the exact opposite of what our cause is all about. Just look at all the beer commercial that support your syndication, that make men look stupid and sexist. And, on top of that, a pink campaign?

    Let's stop buying into these stereotypes of ourselves and let's start being brothers, and looking out for each other. Let's start a blue campaign — in the spirit of brotherly love.

    Yours truly,

    Douglas Vann

    P.S. Don't forget to visit http://www.ncfm.org to join us in our battle for awareness.

  3. Vince on August 8, 2010 at 8:30 AM

    YogiPrema,

    Hate to break it to you, but your ad hominems render your post moot.

    Did you REALLY think you could change my views by your post? Seriously, just what are you trying to accomplish here?

  4. Vince on May 17, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    "I believe that women are more willing to go to the doctor" is still a blanket statement. You don't have to insert the "it is a fact that"; statements need not be facts.

    The sooner we get rid of statements like "Women do this," "Men do this," etc., the sooner we will achieve equality of the sexes.

  5. sally s on May 16, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    sorry- meant allowed not aloud. Can't seem to edit posts on this comment section.

  6. sally s on May 16, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    Um, I said "I believe that women are more willing to go to the doctor". A blanket statement would be if I said "it is a fact that etc". I'm aloud to believe something, right? Of course I can't interview every single woman in the world about her views on going to the doctor. But at least the women in my life seem to be more willing to go to the doctor. I'm soooo sorry that that is such a crazy blanket statement to make. Jeeesh. Touchy much?

  7. Vince on May 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    "I agree that there should be equal amounts of money spent on men’s and women’s health, BUT I do believe that women are more willing to go to the doctor than men."

    I certainly hoped you checked with the planet's 3 billion women before making that blanket statement.

  8. sally s on May 3, 2010 at 5:26 AM

    I agree that there should be equal amounts of money spent on men's and women's health, BUT I do believe that women are more willing to go to the doctor than men. As a woman I faithfully go to the gyno every year for an exam, my husband has not been to the doctor once in 9 years because he doesn't see the point. My father(who is a doctor) found out he had high blood pressure at the dentists. I had a friend who had skin cancer but refused to get it checked out until his wife forced him to. Go to the doctor boys!

    • Marc A. on March 10, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      That may be true, but it's also true that men work far more hours at employed positions and work far more overtime than women do, which makes it much harder for men to even see a doctor. Women on average have more flexible hours allowing them to see a doctor. It's still not easy for them, but on average it's easier for them than it is for men. And blaming men does little to solve the problem. When women weren't checking themselves for breast cancer, rather than blaming women we made massive media campaigns, etc. to educate them. But for men, we just blame them. That's always how it works. Man-bad / woman-good.

  9. Michael Rogers (Roar) on March 20, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    We need to take responsibility for ourselves in that no one else will or has the responsibility to!
    Women so far outlive us and how much is due to their awareness and attention to their bodies?
    It I guess it IS a residual genetic trait, when we were chasing down our food, we couldn’t stop when we got an ‘owie,’ we had to wrestle that potential dinner down and drag it back to the nest. The female didn’t have these risks when grubbing for roots and berries or suckleing her child so would attend to the infected thorn or cut.
    That’s all in the past now so be aware and take care!
    Roar

  10. Alan on February 8, 2010 at 4:07 AM

    lol Fight the power!!

  11. Dean on February 8, 2010 at 4:07 AM

    About time someone came out and said it, men are getting scared to be seen as non PC. Its crazy

  12. Texas Tomcat on December 13, 2009 at 6:51 AM

    Men need to take charge while they have time in their life. Grab the book called the holy bible to live by what God wants you to go by. Let people see it. You will be amazed about the power of his word. Let the Holy Spirit shine from within. It will accomplish more good than evil. Remember females have done enough damage to society. Lets take the household and power back that used to belonged to use years ago.

    In Jesus name AMEN

  13. Doug Munroe on April 1, 2009 at 12:13 AM

    The same is true in Canada with regard to prostate cancer. While women can get a mamogram at no cost under Medicare, Men are charges for a simple PSA Test. Although it is not 100% accurate in detecting cancer; it is a good indicator for a followup procedure.

    The disposable sex is right – we are not vocal enough.

  14. Vince on February 12, 2009 at 10:27 PM

    There are actually more women who die of breast cancer than there are men who die of prostate cancer, but at the same time, there are more men who get prostate cancer than there are women who get breast cancer, so the statistics even out.  What has not evened out, however, is the funding gap between the cancers.  The federal government spends twice as much money on breast cancer research as they do on prostate cancer research (I forget where I found all these stats), and in my home state of Pennsylvania, there is a Breast Cancer Coalition (as indicated by the license plates with the pink ribbons) but no such coalition for prostate cancer.  All this in addition to the pink ribbon coffee mugs, tissue boxes, soup cans… you name it, some company has probably slapped a pink ribbon on it.  It's disheartening, really, and that's an understatement.

    As long as funding for prostate cancer research lags behind that for breast cancer research, there will continue to be seven light blue ribbons on my car in support of prostate cancer awareness.

    • Sebastian on December 24, 2011 at 2:09 AM

      The reason why there is a coalition for Breast Cancer is because someone went out and did it. If you guys would actually just go out and create a charity, then the problem would be solved. But men are not comfortable admitting to having such a cancer, because it is geared towards their reproductive organs, and it is considered a "lack of manhood" in the eyes of most men. At least, that is what a lot of men believe, whether they speak it out loud or whether that is what they feel inside. This drives them to keep quiet.

      Breast Cancer receives more recognition because it is a part of a woman that helps nurture a child. It can kill, it can damage a woman's body permanently, etc.

      Where prostate cancer does the same, men are not comfortable (for the most part) coming out and admitting their flaw because it is a "manhood" deficiency in their eyes.

      • EEM on March 9, 2012 at 9:48 PM

        Hogwash. Sebastian you're making an invalidating statement towards men by implicating the problem is that men are not proactive enough. "Go out and create a charity." You've got to be kidding me. Its not a lack of effort on men's part; its a lack of caring & empathy on society's part towards men. The real problem is, women are portrayed as weak, helpless victims with more intrinsic value than men, who are disposable and expendable. I do agree men are not so good at admitting a 'weakness' (any kind of illness, not just a gender-related illness as you incorrectly stated). However, that means society should make even more of a push to help men on health issues. When women were rape victims and there was little awareness, would you have told women back in the 60s & 70s to "Go start a rape charity"? Good grief. Its hard enough to fight for men's rights & equality without Manginas like this guy. Sorry that's harsh but its true.

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