National Men's Health Week: Awareness and Prevention Take Priority
May 9, 2014
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Though "men's health" is a broad term, the upcoming National Men's Health Week (June 9-15) challenges men to examine several aspects of their mental and physical fitness. Awareness and prevention take center stage during this nationally recognized week, educating men all over the country about the medical issues they could face.
Men's Health Week offers a host of benefits, especially because early detection for serious diseases remains key in the effectiveness of treatment and prevention. Despite the name, young boys are also encouraged to participate in Men's Health Week; it's never too early to adopt a healthy habit that serves you into the future. Below is some of the important information about potential conditions men should be aware of.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, and is one of the most common causes of their cancer-related death. During Men's Health Week, men — especially those over 55 — should consider getting a prostate cancer screening from their general practitioner.
One in three deaths in the U.S. each year is caused by heart disease and stroke, regardless of gender. During Men's Health Week, men are encouraged to take a look at their own personal health habits and find ways to look after their hearts. Simple ways to lower your risk for cardiovascular disease include reducing salt intake and getting more physical activity. In addition, having a screening done by a cardiovascular sonographer can identify problems early on so men with warning signs can get the treatment they need.
One of the most overlooked aspects of men's health is mental health. The CDC estimates that one in 10 adults report some form of depression, and it is suspected that many more suffer from this ailment without knowing or reporting it. During Men's Health Week, men should talk to their doctors about depression and mental health issues, and think about the role that stress plays in their work and personal life.
Want to show your participation? Men's Health Week encourages men to wear blue to raise awareness of the event and its message. Men who want to get involved further can plan educational events with friends and neighbors. The CDC even has an e-card ready for the week that reminds men everywhere how important a regular checkup is to their routine.
If you're truly passionate about men's health, you should consider a job in the health care industry. Whether you want to be with patients one-on-one as a medical assistant, out in the field as a paramedic or behind the scenes as a health information manager, Sanford Brown offers programs that lead to careers that can help you make a difference in someone's life.
National Men's Health Week is a great time for men to talk about subjects that may normally be a bit uncomfortable to broach. If you suspect you or someone you know is suffering from a medical issue, it's important to see a doctor quickly. Early diagnosis plays a very important role in treatment and prevention.
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