Let’s hear it for the boys…and men! Celebration of Men’s Health Month began on May 31, 1994 to increase awareness about preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men.

Most of the major health threats that men face are largely preventable. These include heart, mental, and prostate health as well as cardiovascular health and diabetes. We encourage men to eat a well-balanced diet, participate in regular physical activity, get enough sleep, as well as participate in preventative health screenings.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests decreasing your salt intake and eating more veggies to celebrate Men’s Health Week (June 15th-19th). Men’s Health Network invites you to be part of “Wear BLUE”, a campaign that celebrates the men in our lives. Show your support and pick a day this month to wear blue!

Did You Know?

  • The third week in June (15th-19th) is Men’s Health Week.
  • Suicide in the most common cause of death in men under the age of 35 (Mental Health Foundation).
  • The cancers that most frequently affect men are prostate, colon, lung, and skin cancers. (American Cancer Society).

Tips for Prevention

  1. Blood Pressure Screening – Every year, men of all ages
  2. Colon Cancer Screening – Every 3 years, men 50 years of age and older
  3. Prostate Cancer Screening – Every year, men 40 years of age and older
  4. Cholesterol Screening – Every year, men 50 years of age and older; every two years, men 40-49; every three years, men 20-39

Consult your health care provider to determine if these screenings are right for you and about the benefits of earlier screenings, especially if you are a member of a high risk group or have a family history of disease.

Additional Preventative Screenings

Sources: The National Institutes of Health. Mental Health Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services,  LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.