Men's and Boys' Health



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During 2010, the Chief Medical Health Officer (Dr. David Bowering) examined the health & well-being of men & boys in northern BC. The findings were published in Where Are The Men: Chief Medical Health Officer's Report on the Health & Well-being of Men & Boys in Northern BC.

In 2011 and armed with these preliminary findings, northern health embarked on a series of community consultations. The results of these consultations are summarized in the 2011 document Men's Health Matters Because Men Matter.  The Men's Health "Survival Guide" was developed later in 2012 because the men in northern BC told us that there was a need for good "man friendly" health & lifestyle information.

Preliminary Findings

Despite the apparent privileges that men and boys seem enjoy in most societies, their health is surprisingly poor. Men die sooner than expected and their Life-Expectancy(s) are consistently 5 - 7 years shorter than their female counterparts. During their early years, boys are less likely to succeed in school, more likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and much more likely to be prescribed cerebral stimulants such as Ritalin.  As boys grow into young men, they are more likely than their female counterparts to be arrested and charged with criminal offences, to be incarcerated, injured, hospitalized or killed in their work-place,through suicide attempts, and by unintended and intentional violence.  Boys and men are also more likely to operate a motor-vehicle while impaired. Furthermore, men residing in rural and northern areas are much more likely to be hospitalized or die as a  result of consuming alcohol, tobacco or illicit drugs.  

Our early findings indicated that males seemed to connect less frequently with health services than their female counterparts. It was also suggested that health services may be less successful in connecting with men.  Recently the BC government announced that more than 1,400 illicit drug over-dose deaths occurred in BC during 2017. Of these largely preventable deaths, 4 out of 5 (or about 80%) occurred in males.

This webpage was last updated January 31, 2018.


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