Men victims of 97 per cent of workplace deaths

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Mike Rich

A newly released 131-page report tackles the question of why Canadian men live four to six fewer years than their female counterpart.

Entitled Roadmap to Men’s Health, the report states four reasons for men’s lower life expectancy:

  • Cardiovascular disease, from which middle-aged Canadian men die at a rate more than three times higher than women;
  • Suicide, from which men die at a rate three to four times higher than women;
  • Motor vehicle accidents, from which men die three times more than young women;
  • Workplace accidents, with men being the victims of more than 97 per cent of all workplace deaths.

The report was authored by three leading figures in B.C.’s medical community, Simon Fraser University psychologist Dan Bilsker, Vancouver General Hospital urologist Larry Goldenberg and University of B.C. urologist Joyce Davison

The group aim is to use the source of men’s higher mortality rate as an opportunity to improve men’s health status and longevity.

“Only by understanding the contributors to men’s reduced life expectancy can we develop ameliorative intervention,” said the report’s authors.

Goldenberg, who specializes in prostate cancer, says families will be the winners if the gap between men and women can be narrowed on life expectancy. Too many Canadian children, Goldenberg says, lose their fathers prematurely. And too many women become widows too soon. Of Canadians who live into their 90s, he says, women outnumber men eight to one.

“Having a Y chromosome should not be seen as possessing a self-destruct mechanism,” say the authors. Men’s shorter lifespan should not be seen as “natural and inevitable.”

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