June is Men’s Health Awareness Month
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June ~ Men’s Health Awareness Month
by Avery Naman
Sunshine, great weather, and fun in the sun: June is here. While this month is a highly anticipated one (especially here in Michigan) for the gift of summer time that it bears, June is also a very important health month. June is National Men’s Health Month. It’s a month devoted to the heightening of awareness of preventable health problems and the encouragement of early detection and treatment of diseases among men. This month allows ourselves here at EPIC, as well as public policy makers, the media, and individuals the opportunity to encourage men to seek consistent medical advice and early treatment for injury and disease. Men’s health is an important health scope to focus on for there are many diseases that are highly prevalent in the male population. Problems with the prostate, including cancer and benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate) are all too common in the male population. Heart disease is the number one killer of men, and the American Heart Association states that close to 1 in 3 men have some cardiovascular disease. The CDC states that men are at higher risk of dying alcohol related deaths. Per the American Lung Association, influenza and pneumococcal infections are 25% more likely to be fatal for men. The Skin Cancer Foundation reported that in 2013 two thirds of melanoma deaths were male. As of 2010, men accounted for 76% of those infected with HIV, per the CDC.
Health problems such as these are why National Men’s Health Month is so important, and why we here at EPIC are paying special attention this June. All month long we will be observing National Men’s Health Month.