It’s June and the focus is on grads and dads, but thanks to efforts
of the U.S. Congress and healthcare providers around the world, it’s
also the time to celebrate Men’s Health Month, observed
every June to build stronger families and save lives.
The goal of Men’s Health Month, built on the pillars of awareness,
prevention, education and family, is to heighten the awareness of preventable
health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease
among men and boys. The month is designed as an opportunity for everyone–health
care providers, public policy makers, families and individuals–to
encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment
for disease and injury.
Compared to women, men are less likely to have a regular doctor and health
insurance, and are more likely to put off routine checkups or delay seeing
a health provider after experiencing symptoms, according to Men’s
Health Network (MHN).
That’s not the smart move for men with or at risk for heart disease,
cancer, stroke or suicide, as the rate of death for each condition causes
significantly more deaths in men than women. Other common health issues
for men include depression, anxiety and stress, cardiovascular disease,
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and gastrointestinal disorders.
In fact, “on average, American men live sicker and die younger than
American women,” said Dr. David Gremillion of MHN.
For the past 22 years, the response has been overwhelming. Men’s
Health Month is credited with the increase in wellness activities for
boys and men, resulting in better health outcomes and longer life expectancy.
So don’t delay, make an appointment for that check-up today.