Men’s Health Matters
June is a month we honor our fathers and it is also Men’s Health Month. This Congressional program raises awareness of men’s health issues with campaigns, screenings, health fairs, and health education. Many health problems are preventable with early detection and proper treatment, so we encourage men and women to seek their health care providers. Men typically see their health providers less often, while women tend to ignore health symptoms.
Fear and anxiety do not prevent health problems; in fact, they can create them.
Men make about two-thirds as many doctor visits as women do and may be afraid to talk about health concerns, whether physical or mental. Sometimes, the physical symptoms of pain or digestive problems could be a sign of something serious physically that needs attention or it could be related to depression, anxiety or stress. The important thing to know, is that we are not alone and there are health experts and many supportive people in our community that care.
Men with no family history of colon or rectal cancer, should still talk to their provider about prostate exams at the age of 50 years. Men 35 years and older should age of 35 have their cholesterol checked every 5 years. Knowing your Body Mass Index (BMI) and blood pressure is appropriate at every age. Melanoma (skin cancer) is something to always watch out for and affects both genders. Women are at the highest risk before age 50, but after that it is men who are twice as likely to get Melanoma.
No one is immune from health issues, but everyone is capable of making health a priority.
Women that ignore health symptoms are also at risk, and more women die of cardiovascular disease each year than men. Cardiovascular health includes the heart and blood vessels and According to the American Heart Association, It is estimated that 392,000 men and 419,000 women die from cardiovascular disease each year.
Smoking and heavy drinking/drug use increases risk of death and disease for men and women of any age, so if you know you need help with addiction, please talk with your doctor, family or local rehab center. Let’s not put off or put up with health problems we can avoid, treat or beat. With the support of our health providers, families and community, we can all take steps toward healthier minds, bodies and lives.