A Congressional health education program has declared June as Men’s Health Month. The goal of Men’s Health Month is to raise awareness about early detection of disease among males. Early detection is critical for many diseases, and Men’s Health Month urges men to schedule an annual checkup during the month of June, and to take charge of their health.
Oftentimes male attitudes about toughness can prevent men from getting the crucial health screenings they need. Some suggest that these attitudes, combined with riskier behaviors such as smoking and drinking, might even cause the lifespan discrepancy between males and females. This is why Men’s Health Month is so important. Encourage loved ones to be proactive about their health and schedule a routine checkup with a physician.
An annual exam is a great starting place. Be sure to speak with your doctor openly about any health-related concerns you may have. It is important to follow through with all recommended screenings. A comprehensive list of all age-recommended screenings can be found here: https://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/doctor-visits/screening-tests/get-screened. Speak with your healthcare provider about your family history to ensure that you receive the tests you need.
The three most common causes of death in men over 50 are cardiovascular disease, cancer, and stroke. The prognosis for both cardiovascular disease and cancer can be vastly improved with early screening and proper treatment. Early symptoms of cardiovascular disease include tightness in the chest, a shortness of breathing and poor circulation. The early symptoms of cancer vary, so be sure to know your family history and receive regular checkups. Living a healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent all types of health complications. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, eat a balanced diet, and exercise regularly.
To show your support for Men’s Health, dress in blue clothing on Wear Blue Friday, the Friday before Father’s Day. Men’s Health Month is a great way to start a conversation today with loved ones to make sure that they are getting the medical care that they need. Lead by example to show that being proactive about one’s health is a display of strength rather than weakness.