June is Men’s Health Month and it’s celebrated with health fairs, screenings, health education programs and outreach activities.

You don’t have to be a man to take Men’s Health Month seriously. Did you know that women make 75% of the health care decisions for the family? Women are devoted to ensuring that their husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons have proper health care.

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.

Let’s all pause for a moment because the statistics are worrisome and indicate that declining health amongst men shouldn’t be ignored. Take a look:

  • Men live an average of 5 years less than women
  • 1 in 2 men will develop cancer
  • Men go for half as many preventative doctor visits as women
  • There’s a higher tendency of men to be uninsured than their female counterparts
  • The death rate for men is higher and the leading causes of death for men include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gout and suicide
  • In the United States each year approximately 30,000 men die from prostate cancer

Wear BLUE Day

Mens Health Month has started a movement called Wear BLUE Day on Friday, June 17th. This day is to raise awareness and money for education programs that inform men to seek regular checkups, to learn about testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and other health issues affecting men. More information is available at http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/wearblue/. The Men’s Health Network is a national non-profit organization and sponsors Wear BLUE.

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