When British scientists discovered, to their surprise, that men have a greater risk of cancer than women, they came upon an explanation that has nothing to do with biology: women take better care of themselves.
The new study looked at cancer that afflicts both men and women and found that men were 40 percent more likely than women to die from such cancer and 16 percent more likely to get it in the first place.
Researchers pointed out that men typically put off reporting symptoms to doctors. Men are also less aware that smoking, excess weight around the waist, and high alcohol intake all increase the risk of cancer. As for their diets, men are better at avoiding diet cola and highly processed "diet" snacks, but they're lazy about getting their vegetables and eat too many calories overall.
Since it's Men's Health Week, now might be a good time to remind the men in your life to schedule a doctor's appointment. Make one for yourself while you're at it!
Do you take better care of your health than the men in your life?