Published: 07/06/2002, Volume II2, No. 5808 Page 6

The first national men's health week will begin on 10 June to encourage greater awareness of male health issues. It is being launched at Portcullis House, Westminster, and will include speakers Dr Howard Stoate MP, chair of the all-party parliamentary group on men's health, and snooker champion Steve Davis.

Organiser Men's Health Forum says the average man can expect to be seriously ill or chronically sick for 15 years during his lifetime - yet many are reluctant to contact their GP for preventative health checks.The forum also says one-in-five men suffers from clinical depression at some point in his life, while suicide is now the most common cause of death in men under 35.