Dr Vivienne Nathanson, Director of Professional Activities, BMA says:
'Men's health is the concern of every-one; it is important both to the family and the economy at large. That may seem such an obvious thing to say, yet it so easily gets over-looked by policy-makers and the media. More worryingly, it is not given any serious consideration by men themselves.
'The state of men's health across Europe is poor. We need to do more to encourage men to have regular and timely health-checks with their doctors.
'We are seeing an alarming rate of preventable deaths in the male population. We need national and EU measures to encourage healthier lifestyles and aim towards extending the average life-expectancy for men so that it becomes more in line with that of women.
'That is why this Report is very much welcomed by the BMA. It looks at a whole range of conditions which affect men, including prostate, bowel and testicular cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, mental health and liver disease.
'Health professionals across Europe will find this a very useful tool for determining priorities for action and it will, hopefully, have the effect of spurring on national authorities and legislators at the EU level to tackle the largely hidden problems of health-care provision for men in Europe.'
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