This is a guide to men's health. It provides information about risks, conditions and treatments. Men die younger than women for a variety of reasons, including higher accident and suicide rates, but the real kilers are ignorance and fear. Most men have far less knowledge than women about anatomy and bodily functions. In recent years, however, there has been a dramatic increase in health awareness amongst men: conferences, a government (Ireland) campaign, new magazines dedicated to the subject and intense media interest, including a BBC-TV men's health season. Ian Banks is the author of "The Trouble with Men" and "Get Fit with Brittas".