Just the Male Facts

  • The 10 leading causes of death among young men are accidents, homicide, suicide, AIDS, cancer, heart disease, pneumonia and influenza, cirrhosis of the liver, congenital abnormalities and stroke.
  • The rate of death in young people (15-24) has been increasing since 1983.
  • The life expectancy of an American male has declined in recent years.
  • A young African American man can look forward to a life span eight years shorter than his white counterpart.
  • The motor-vehicle death rate is highest among males 15 to 24 years old.
  • Nearly two-thirds of all murders are among males 15 to 24 years old.
  • Young men commit suicide five times as often as young women.
  • About half of all 15-year-olds have had sex, but less than a third used a condom.
  • Two-thirds of the 12 million new cases of sexually transmitted disease each year occur in people under 25, and a quarter of them are in teenagers.
  • For the first time since 1979, use of illicit drugs increased in 1994 among 12-to-17-year-olds.
  • Between 1992 and 1994 the percentage of males 12 to 17 years old who reported that marijuana was easy for them to get increased from 51 to 59 percent.
  • The perception that using illicit drugs poses a great risk has declined since 1992 among males 12 to 17 years old.
  • In 1994, 16 percent of heavy drinkers were under the age of 21; 22 percent of those 12 to 17 years old had consumed alcohol in the previous month.
  • Unlike the trend with older adults, cigarette smoking is increasing among youths 12 to 15 years old.
  • An estimated 8.7 million adult men age 20 years or older in the U.S. have diabetes. Yet, almost one third of them do not know it.
  • Approximately 50 million men and women in the U.S. have high blood pressure and about 30 percent of them do not know it.
  • About 37.7 million adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol and men over 45 are at higher risk of developing high cholesterol.
  • Low testosterone affects approximately 4 to 5 million American men. However, it is estimated that only 5 percent of affected men currently receive testosterone replacement therapy.
  • In the U.S., it is estimated that over two million men have osteoporosis and approximately 12 million men have low bone mass, putting them at higher risk for development of osteoporosis later in life. It is expected that by 2020, over 20 million men will have low bone mass and osteoporosis.
  • One in six men in the U.S. will develop prostate cancer in the course of his lifetime. In fact, prostate cancer accounts for over 30,000 deaths a year.


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