Gender issues

Biology and society are such that women and men have different health risks, health records and access to health services.

In Europe, women live longer than men (82 years versus 76) but both enjoy almost the same number of years in good health (63 for women, 61 for men).

EU health strategy

The strategy Choose translations of the previous link български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) takes into account the gender dimension of health policy and stresses the need to tackle health inequalities between social groups.

Women's health

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'pdf(6 MB) provides an overview of issues related to women's health.

Men'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'pdf(4 MB)

See also the extended versionpdf(7 MB) of the report and the leafletpdf(3 MB) Choose translations of the previous link français (fr)

Perinatal health

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 Choose translations of the previous link български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)

Reproductive health

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.