The Top Three Threats to Men’s Health
Get smart about your health during Men’s Health Month this June. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to provide general health information as well as education about the benefits of early detection and disease prevention for men. It’s the perfect opportunity to join in on nationwide screenings and take steps to prevent the biggest threats to men’s health, including:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. Heart disease is a term that encompasses several different conditions that affect the heart including coronary artery disease, heart arrhythmias and heart failure (among others).
Many types of heart disease can be prevented by making smart lifestyle decisions. For starters, stop smoking. Also, regular exercise, a healthy diet and practicing stress reduction techniques can all lead to a healthier heart. Regular blood pressure check-ups and cholesterol screenings will let you know if you’re on the right track.
Per the CDC, cancer is the second leading cause of death for men. The American Cancer Society states that the top four most common cancers for men are prostate, colon, lung, and skin cancers.
As with heart disease, many types of cancer can be prevented. Quitting smoking is an important first step. Talk to your doctor about regular prostate, colon, and lung cancer screenings. To prevent skin cancer, take proper precautions in the sun. These include wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen and avoiding the sun during peak hours. Always report any changes in your skin to your physician right away.
The third leading cause of death for men, according to the CDC, is unintentional injuries. In fact, over 85,000 men die every year in the United States due to accidents. Motor vehicle accidents, falls, and poisoning make up a sizable portion of those unintentional injuries.
Unintentional injuries are preventable. Always wear a seatbelt, never drink and drive, and avoid the road during hours when others may be drinking and driving. Do not use your phone or text when driving. Only take prescription medications as prescribed by your doctor. Finally, take proper fall precautions– for example, use handrails, remove clutter and wear non-slip shoes.
Men have unique health needs. It is imperative to see your physician for routine check-ups and regular health screenings in addition to making healthy lifestyle choices. Contact your local Amicus healthcare provider and make sure you are on the road to better health.