- Men average half as many visits to a doctor as do women. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tells us that women are 100 percent more likely than men to visit the doctor for annual exams or prevention care. Even when you remove pregnancy-related visits that women make, women are still 56 percent more likely to visit the doctor in the broad age bracket of 15 to 44.
- Men live an average of five years less than women. Statistics show that, in spite of the fact that males outnumber females at birth 105 to 100, by the time they reach age 65 – 74, there are fewer than 80 men for every 100 women.
- Men die more than women from many major diseases. CDC statistics tell us that men are much more likely than are women to die of cancer (1.4 times more likely), heart disease (1.7 times more likely), HIV (2.5 times more likely) and diabetes (1.4 times more likely).
- Men have a harder time reaching childhood age. According to the Men's Health Network, 25 percent more males than females die as newborns, and that's if they are lucky enough to survive birth; the male fetus is more likely than is the female fetus to die from miscarriage or stillbirth. Male babies are also three out of five times more likely to become SIDS victims. Let's say they survive childhood. Things are still rough; 15 to 19-year-old boys are are a whopping four times more likely to commit suicide than their female counterparts. Among 20 to 24-year-old males, it's even scarier: males in that age range are six times more likely to commit suicide.
Men's Health Month – Increasing awareness, education, and prevention
Making June an opportunity for health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury can potentially save lives and increase overall mental health and life quality.
Make a difference in men’s health this month
- Wear blue. To show solidarity and generate conversation, wear blue this month. You can do this yourself, or create a Wear Blue Day event – any day this month that works for your group, family, or team. Learn more at Wear Blue Day
- Raise funds. If you choose to create a Wear Blue Day event, consider also setting a goal amount and raising funds to aid Men’s Health Network (MHN) prostate cancer outreach efforts, or another charitable foundation focused on men's health issues. To raise money, consider a 5K walk, donation jars at local eateries, or a bake sale.
- Women: Take a stand! Now might be the right time for you to consider joining Women Against Prostate Cancer – a national organization that unites the voices of women and their families who have been affected by prostate cancer. Women Against Prostate Cancer advocates prostate cancer education, public awareness, screenings, legislation and treatment options.
- Make a public statement for men's health. There are many ways you can increase awareness of men's issues. For example, download, print, and post this Men’s Health Month awareness poster, or a printable poster of men's health facts, either of which could go on your refrigerator, a workplace refrigerator, cubicle wall, or bulletin board, or the community announcements bulletin board found in many restaurants or coffee houses.
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