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Men's Health Forum: '40% of men dying prematurely'

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Men are dying prematurely as they are reticent about discussing their health issues with a doctor, according to Peter Baker, chief executive of Men's Health Forum (MFH).

Mr Baker suggested that men are conditioned not to complain if they are feeling unwell and many work on a full-time basis, so find it difficult to fit in a visit to their GP.

He said: "Over 40 per cent of men die prematurely before the age of 75, yet too many ignore health problems, and are reluctant to speak to healthcare professionals ... [as they want] to avoid appearing weak or vulnerable."

Mr Baker went on to suggest that technology can play an important part in improving men's access to health care, as advice can be given anonymously.

His comments come at the start of Men's Health Week 2011, which runs from June 13th until June 19th and focuses on how technology can be used to improve the health of the male population.ADNFCR-858-ID-800577131-ADNFCR

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