Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month and today we’re highlighting five important facts about men’s health, plus our tips for being proactive, making healthy life choices, and finding the right provider when you need one. 

Heart Disease is the Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Men

According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, causing about 1 in every 4 male deaths. Moreover, half of the men who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms. You can reduce the risks by knowing your blood pressure, making your own healthy food, not smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption. Make an appointment for a checkup with one of our highly skilled heart healthcare providers

14% of Men are Smokers 

According to the CDC, men are more likely than women to smoke cigarettes, and lung cancer is the highest cause of cancer-related death among men in the United States. The best thing you can do to avoid lung cancer is to stop smoking now. Your primary care provider can help with things like routine screenings, smoking cessation, and stress management. 

Prostate Cancer is Common for U.S. Men 

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, with about 268,490 new cases of prostate cancer each year, according to the American Cancer Society. The good news is that most men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer will not die from it! Additionally, new research is enabling us to develop more effective treatments and better ways of determining who is at risk. 

Men May Be Less Likely to Report Symptoms of Depression 

It was previously believed that women were more like to have symptoms of depression than men. However, men may be less likely to report their symptoms or to seek help. According to WebMD, women attempt suicide more often, but men are more successful at completing it. Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death among all men. Most men and women respond well to depression treatment, so if you think you may have symptoms, reach out to a qualified behavioral health professional today. 

Men Over 50 Should Have a Yearly Physical

According to the Mayo Clinic, men over 50 should have a yearly physical exam, and men under 50 should have a physical exam every three to five years. Even if you’re feeling healthy, a regular checkup with routine screenings can ensure your ongoing health and identify issues before they become serious. 

Henry Community Health is committed to improving the health of our community and seeking to reduce chronic health issues, such as heart disease, cancer, and depression. Our organization provides compassionate healthcare expertise in a wide array of specialties. Schedule your appointment with our highly skilled team of providers today.