Men's Health Disparity

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

After Alice Patterson's husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer, she searched the Internet for information regarding the disease. And while she found helpful resources, she also noticed more information regarding women's health issues than men's.

Doctor John Crisler says this was no fluke. He says the government may spend more than double the amount on research of women's issues than on men's. Crisler also says the same number of men die of prostate cancer as women die of breast cancer.

Crisler attributes the disparity to people shying away from talking about men's personal issues. Another factor may be that the federal Office of Women's Health was created more than 10 years ago to increase awareness and funding for female health issues. Legislation for the same type men's office has not yet passed Congress.

Doctor Crisler is taking matters into his own hands by increasing awareness of men's issues with weekly, free lectures on various topics. For more information on the meetings, call 517-485-4424.


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