June is Men’s Health Month. Some men procrastinate or downplay issues concerning their health, so this national observance is meant to raise awareness of preventable men’s health issues and encourage early detection and treatment. Learn about the top five medical issues facing men today and what they can do to reduce the risks and improve their overall health.
The challenges men face
Historically, life expectancy for men has been lower than that for women. One reason for the gap may be that men tend to put off making wellness visits with their physicians. And, when they do seek medical assistance, they’re also:
- more likely to cancel follow-up appointments
- more likely to play down the severity of symptoms
- less likely to finish prescriptions
Based on these things, here’s a list of the top five health issues facing men today and what can be done to offset those risks:
1. Heart disease
- According to the CDC, 1 in 4 men has some form of heart disease, and it’s the leading cause of death among men.
- Eating healthy foods, being physically active and knowing your numbers such as blood pressure and cholesterol can decrease your risk of heart disease.
- The incidence rate of stroke is 1.25 times greater in men than in women, according to the American Stroke Association.
- Up to half of all strokes are preventable.
- High blood pressure, a major risk factor for stroke, can be controlled by partnering with your physician.
3. Prostate cancer
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men.
- It is the second leading type of cancer death in men after lung cancer.
- Thirty percent of all prostate cancer cases occur in men under age 65.
- The disease is treatable – if found early.
4. Lung cancer
- Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer.
- Tobacco products are responsible for 90 percent of lung cancer.
- To lower your risk of getting lung cancer – quit smoking!
5. Suicide and depression
- Men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women. One reason may be that men are less likely to be identified as having depression.
- According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 6 million men have depression each year.
For more information, visit the “Men's Health” section of our website or make an appointment with your doctor.
Men’s health webinars
These short "on-demand" webinars are ready when you are. They’re hosted by Dr. Silas Norman, assistant professor of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University and the director of Community Health Services. Dr. Norman discusses a variety of medical topics specifically relating to men, including sexual health, the best exercises for mind and body, prostate health and keeping a healthy heart with the right diet and exercise.