EU health strategy
The strategy takes into account the gender dimension of health policy and stresses the need to tackle health inequalities between social groups.
Some diseases – breast cancer, osteoporosis, eating disorders – are more common in women. Others – endometriosis, cervical cancer – affect women exclusively.
The report 'Data and Information on Women's Health in the European Union'(6 MB) provides an overview of issues related to women's health.
Men are more likely to contract and die from lung and colorectal cancers, ischemic heart diseases and traffic accidents. Some diseases – such as prostate cancer – affect men exclusively.
More information on men's health in the report 'The State of Men's Health in Europe'(4 MB)
See also the extended version(7 MB) of the report and the leaflet(3 MB)
Depending on the definition, the perinatal period begins 20-28 weeks after an egg is fertilized, and ends 1-4 weeks after a baby is born. Highly specialised knowledge is required if mothers or babies experience perinatal health problems at this crucial time.
See also prenatal screening
Reproductive health is important to all of us, particularly if we wish to have children and face problems with conceiving. Because people have begun having children at a later age, information on reproductive problems is increasingly needed.