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15 Jun 2022 2 minute read

When it comes to their health, men shouldn’t bury their heads in the sand

Vicki Leslie

Client Relationship Manager, ECIS

When it comes to their health, men shouldn’t bury their heads in the sand

International Men’s Health Week (13 to 19 June 2022) aims to bring awareness to health issues that disproportionately affect men.

The week aims to remind men to take care of their bodies through exercise, good diet and regular visits to the doctor especially as many men don’t seek medical attention and ignore important warning signs.

The consequences of not taking your health seriously

Men are unfortunately more likely to die prematurely. In England and Wales, in 2020, 61% of all deaths under 65 years were male compared to 39% of women. 

However, when men engage with the medical professions early, they can benefit from early intervention and successful treatment of common health issues.

Heart Disease is the biggest killer of men

Apart from COVID, the leading cause of death among males in England and Wales in 2020 was heart disease. Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure and high cholesterol, being overweight or a smoker. These factors can be identified and managed through regular health checks and a healthy lifestyle change.

Cancers that only affect men

Unfortunately, the number of men getting cancer is rising. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no symptoms until the prostate has become large enough to affect urination. This causes an increased need to pee and a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied.

Testicular cancer is one of the less common cancers accounting for 1% of all cancers in men. Luckily, it is one of the most treatable cancers, with nearly all men surviving as long as the cancer is diagnosed early. If you notice any changes in your testicles, it’s essential to get checked out by a doctor.

Acknowledging when you’re struggling

Unfortunately, men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women. Men are expected to be strong and in control, leading to them not seeking help when they need it. Mental health issues can affect anyone; seeking help is not a sign of weakness. 

How the ECA/JIB private medical insurance (PMI) scheme can help

Now that you are aware of the primary health risks that affect men, the next step is to change your habits and become proactive about your health. 

The ECA/JIB PMI scheme makes it easy for men to get the support they need. The ECIS policy includes additional services beyond access to just hospital treatment. Whether it’s concerns over cancer, mental health or muscle, bone and joint conditions, ECIS PMI scheme members can call Bupa’s Direct Access Service who will triage the member and provide onward referral if necessary.

In addition, the Employee Assistance Programme is a free, confidential telephone service which supports your employees with issues that may be impacting their wellbeing.

If you are thinking of a PMI policy for your employees or would like ECIS to review your current arrangement, speak to the ECIS team on 0330 221 0241, at or visit us at 

Vicki Leslie

Vicki Leslie

Client Relationship Manager, ECIS

Vicki Leslie is Client Relationship Manager at ECIS.