Health risk delusions

April 22, 2005

Both men and women think health risks are higher for their own sex than for the opposite sex, new research from Glasgow University reveals. But they also think their own sex is fitter.

Sally Macintyre of Glasgow's Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit said: "Previous studies on personal risk assessments suggest a tendency to underestimate one's own risk of illness compared to one's peers."

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