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Is there a case for differential treatment of young men and women?

Alan White, Helen J Fawkner and Mike Holmes
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (8): 454-455.
Published online: 16 October 2006

Men’s health needs, health beliefs, and health-related behaviour are different to those of women

Our current research examining young men aged 15–44 years presents worrying epidemiological evidence — a picture of men dying prematurely of conditions such as ischaemic heart disease and cancer, at a time when screening and treatment for many of these diseases has improved (Box).1 This evidence suggests that these men are either not following health advice or not using health services soon enough for effective remedial treatment. Here, we argue that there is a need for health professionals to rethink service provision for young men.

  • Alan White1
  • Helen J Fawkner1
  • Mike Holmes2

  • 1 Centre for Men's Health, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, United Kingdom.
  • 2 Faculty of Health, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, United Kingdom.

Correspondence: a.white@leedsmet.ac.uk

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