Health Matters | Importance of Men's Health

Follow Us



allergies asthma family fitness for parents general germs hand washing health Healthy eating healthy living immediate care mold nutrition primary care safety sleep schedule summer sun safety sunburn traveling volunteer 10000 steps 4th of july allergies asthma baby back pain back to school basketball bike riding bike trails biking black friday blood pressure candy cardio child safety children cholesterol Christmas cold cold prevention cold weather colds colon cancer common cold cough cycling dehydration depression diabetes diabetes awareness month diet easy recipes emergency care exercise fall fall allergies falls family family health history fat fatigue fever firework safety first aid fitness flu flu and you flu prevention flu season flu shot flu vaccine food allergies food bank food storage food swaps for dads for kids for men for moms for parents Fourth of July frostbite fruit general gift ideas goals halloween halloween safety Halloween treats handwashing hanukkah Headache health health history healthy cookie recipe healthy eating healthy food habits healthy halloween healthy holiday healthy living healthy lunchbox healthy lunches healthy pregnancy healthy recipe healthy recipes healthy snacks heart disease Heart health heat heat exhaustion hiking holiday holiday safety holidays hot tea hydration ice immediate care indoor exercise influenza injury kwanzaa last minute gifts laughter leftovers lunch meal prep Medicaiton storage medication storage medicine medicine storage melanoma Mental Health new center opening new moms New Year's New Year's Resolution nutrition outdoors parenting parents personality pets physical places to ride bikes pollen portable protein pregnancy prevention primary care protein ragweed recipes relaxation riding bikes road trip running runny nose safety safety tips school school physical screenings skin skin cancer skin protection sleep sleep tips slips smoking snacks sneezing snow sore throat sports spring spring allergies spring cleaning steps strep throat stress stress relief stroke stuffy nose summer sun sun burn sun safety sunscreen swimming teal pumpkin thanksgiving tips for moms travel trick-or-treat urgent care vacation volunteer volunteering walking weight loss winter winter hydration winter safety work work out x-rays yard work yoga

Importance of Men's Health

Men aren’t always the first one to head to the doctor when they notice common health symptoms appearing. For more than 30 years, the CDC has identified an unhealthy lifestyle, including unhealthy diet, excess weight, and lack of physical activity, as the second most prevalent preventable cause of disease and death in the US. While rates of smoking have steadily decreased since the 1960s, the rate of obesity is rapidly increasing. An unhealthy diet and lifestyle can increase your chances of all cancers. Specifically, colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, and pancreatic cancer are directly associated with overweight men. It is important for men to pay attention to their health as overlooking common health related issues, such as chest pain, loss of vision, or appetite, may lead to further complications down the road. Living a lifestyle of overall health has many benefits, not just related to cancer, and can easily be implemented with a little dedication. Check out the leading causes of illness and disease in men:

Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United State and cigarette smoking is the most prevalent preventable cause of disease and death in the U.S. It is no secret that cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cancer, but did you know concentrations of many cancer-causing and toxic chemicals are higher in second hand smoke than in the smoke inhaled by smokers? Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke are two of the most important things you can do to lower your risk of cancer.

Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among men, so it is very likely someone in your life has been affected by the disease. According the ACS, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. Current scientific evidence provides no clear ways to prevent prostate cancer. In general, physicians recommend that men with an average risk of prostate cancer make choices that benefit their overall health. The recommendations are the tried and true of health: eat more fats from plants than animals; increase the amounts of fruits and vegetables you consume daily; eat fish; if you drink alcohol, do so in moderation; and exercise most days of the week. It is important to discuss your risk factors for prostate cancer with your physician. For men with a very high risk of prostate cancer, discuss with your physician other options to reduce your risk.

Colon Cancer
Currently, the best option for preventing colon cancer is regular screening. Through screening, the goal is to find polyps and potentially cancerous growths before they spread. There are several screening options available, each with their own pros and cons. Discuss your colon cancer risk factors with your physician to determine what screening options will benefit you most. The CDC recommends colorectal cancer screenings for all adults beginning at age 50 and every 10 years thereafter. Depending on your risk factors and family history, your physician may recommend more frequent testing, or initial testing before age 50, or both. As with all cancers, living a lifestyle of overall health through diet and exercise is the best path for prevention.

Sun Safety
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, affecting a wide spectrum of ages in both men and women. There are three types of skin cancer: melanoma, basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are highly curable and do not result in as many deaths as the more dangerous melanoma. Overall, males have higher rates of melanoma than women. A few sunburns are all your body needs to increase your risk of skin cancer. Whether you tan indoors or outdoors, the risk of skin cancer is still high.

Melanoma is less commonly diagnosed, but is much more serious than other types of skin cancer. Practicing sun safety is the best way to prevent skin cancer – seek shade or go indoors during midday hours; wear long sleeves and long pants; use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher; and wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses. There are many light, daily use sunscreens currently on the market made specifically for men.

Comments are closed.