June is Men’s Health Month – what better time to draw attention to men’s unique risks for certain conditions, and encourage men to stay on top of their health.
Leading Health Concerns for Men
While many of the top health threats for men and women are similar, men hold certain unique risks like prostate cancer. Consider the following facts about common health issues for men:
Heart disease is responsible for about 1 in every 4 deaths in men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A higher percentage of men (50%) have high blood pressure – a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke – than women (44%).
Even if you have no heart disease symptoms, you may still be at risk.
Men are more likely to get cancer than women, according to the CDC.
Cancers that most often affect men include: prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, and skin cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer found in men other than skin cancer. The American Cancer Society reports that most prostate cancers are found in men over the age of 65.
In addition to being a leading cause of death, stroke is a top cause of long-term disability. The CDC reports that men under the age of 44 are hospitalized for ischemic stroke more often than women of the same age group.
Take Charge of Your Health for Men’s Health Month
In addition to delaying routine healthcare, men are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol and make unhealthy or risky choices. But it’s never too late to build healthier habits. Beyond omitting to***co and drinking in moderation – exercising regularly and eating healthy can help control blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight, lowering the risk for many serious conditions. If you’re due a check-up, take charge of your health by seeking guidance from your healthcare provider about what preventive care and which screening tests are medically appropriate for you.