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A few facts to guide your effort

Women outlive men by more than 5 years, and the life expectancy gender gap is larger than the race gap.

Men die at higher rates for the top causes of death (9 of 10, age adjusted).

Men are less likely to visit a doctor for preventative health care, but few health messages are directed to men.

Men on all economic levels are less likely to have health insurance.

NIH: Estimates of Funding for Various Diseases, Conditions, Research Areas. (PDF)
This document provides a recent history of funding levels for over 200 diseases, conditions, and research areas including breast and prostate cancer, Agent Orange, aging, depression, diabetes, health disparities, estrogen, fetal alcohol syndrome, heart disease, herpes, homelessness, HPV, liver disease; minority health, STDs, women's health, and global warming. Learn More.

CDC, the government's primary health education and outreach agency, budgets approximately $200m per year for its breast and cervical program, but less than $14m for prostate cancer education. Learn more.

CDC has a robust women’s health program (WISEWOMAN: Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) that is active in 14 states and tribal organizations and provides screening and lifestyle interventions for many low-income, uninsured, or under-insured women aged 40–64; but CDC has no similar program for men.

As women enter early their retirement years (age 65-69), approximately 15% may be widows if they married men approximately their own age.

Over half the elderly women living in poverty were not in poverty before the death of their husbands. More information.

Other flyers:

Silent Health Crisis: chart

Aging in America - flyer

Age Adjusted Death Rates and Infant Mortality: Current Data


Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)



Motor Vehicle-Related Deaths

For more information on men’s health, visit the Men’s Health Library. For additional flyers to use with your presentations, search the term flyer in the library.

For a more complete analysis of men’s health in your area, read the State of Men’s Health report card for your state.