June is Men’s Health Month! The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.
- Men are at greater risk for death in every age group. More males than females are born (105 vs 100), but by age 35, women outnumber men.
- Currently, men are dying an average of 5 years younger than women and lead 9 out of 10 of the top causes of death. Among those being, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, liver disease and more.
- Men have a higher suicide death rate than women. Men account for 92% of fatal workplace injuries.
- 1 in 2 men are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime compared to 1 in 3 women
Data from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that men ages 18 or older have almost twice the rate of substance dependence as adult women. These substances include prescription drugs, alcohol, sedatives, cannabis, tranquilizers, hallucinogens and cocaine. If your loved one is suffering from addiction, get help.
Men, June is your time to man up and be healthy! Schedule your annual check up and view the Blueprint for Men’s Health to see how you can start living a healthier lifestyle.