Men Are Stronger, but Women Live Longer: So Which Is the Healthiest Sex?

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all know that when it comes to physical strength, men have the upper
hand.Yet women tend to live on average three years longer, so which
is the healthier sex? In fact, there are many crucial differences
between men and women, including susceptibility to certain disease,
survival rates and ability to tolerate medication. Here, with the
help of leading experts, we explain how.


Men tend to
develop skin cancer on their backs and fronts while the most common
site for women is on the lower leg. This difference could be explained
by the ways in which they expose their skin, explains Dr Andrew
Wright, consultant dermatologist with Bradford NHS Foundation Trust.
Men, for example, take off their tops more often than women.

Before the
age of 40, melanomas are slightly more common in women; after 40
men are more often affected. Men are also more likely to have invasive
and fatal melanoma, although some research suggests the higher rates
are only because men fail to get suspicious skin changes checked
before they become dangerous.

The rate in
women levels off somewhat between 45 and 60 – possibly because
a drop in oestrogen brought on by the menopause has some sort of
protective effect or the hormone can encourage cancer cells to grow.

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9, 2009

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