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"We know that men die younger, smoke more, drink more alcohol and ignore symptoms more than women... Most men know the score around diet, exercise, alcohol and smoking but can be high-risk individuals when it comes to health, and as a GP I know this all too well. That fear – and I am not sure if it is fear of illness or fear of being judged or both – of the doctor opening up a cornucopia of illnesses when you only popped in because you wanted a quick fix for the bad back you've put up with for six months, is not to be underestimated....."
Panja goes on to say that "men are taught to cope with stuff and just get on with it from an early age. They have not had the same long-term relationship with doctors surgeries as women (smear tests, contraception, antenatal care etc). And there are still no mandatory health checks for men in the NHS."
Can anything truly be done to improve outcomes for men? Will they always not be as good as women at looking after their health? Or are women naturally able to live longer - should we just accept it as a fact of life?