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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Men's Health at Risk! What You Should Know

There are many health issues unique to men. For example: 
  • 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 diseasesCDC 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.
Group of men

Men's Health Month – Increasing awareness, education, and prevention

Building awareness of these uniquely male health issues, and using education to aid in prevention of male-dominated illnesses, are key reasons for the creation of the annual June event Men's Health Month.  By heightening awareness of preventable health problems, earlier detection and treatment of disease among men and boys is a realistic outcome.

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

Now that you are aware and have begun your education in correcting men’s health issues, here are some steps you can take to increase awareness of, and education for, men's health issues among your family, friends, and coworkers.

Man speaking with doctor
  • 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.

Get smarter about men's health issues

Whether you are male or female, this month would be a great time to start increasing your knowledge about common men's health issues. Knowledge is power, and this kind of knowledge could help save the life of someone you care about. To get started, check out the Prostate Health Guide, the Men's Health Library. Or purchase the book Your Head: An Owner's Manual, written to help men understand and overcome depression, anxiety, and stress. And men: take your cue from the opposite sex; get better about doctor visits and preventative care to hedge your bets for a healthier and longer life.

Men running and exercising

Ric Moxley
Contributing Writer