Men’s Health Month
Men’s Health Month is an annual observance aimed at raising awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Every June, health fairs and other health education and outreach activities across the country focus on encouraging men, boys, and their families to take control of male health issues with the proper screenings and care.
Facts About Men’s Health
Listed below are important facts about the state of men’s health. Keep in mind that preventative screenings and prompt medical care when one is feeling sick can be the difference between life and death.
- Currently, men are dying an average of 5 years younger than women, and lead 9 out of 10 of the top causes of death.
- Men are at greater risk for death in every age group. More males than females are born (105 vs 100), but by age 35, women outnumber men.
- According to the Health in Aging Foundation, 40% of men said that when sick, they delay seeking medical care for a few days; and 17% percent said they would wait “at least a week.”
- 51.9% of men over the age of 20 have hypertension and 40.5% of men over the age of 20 are obese.
- Heart disease and cancer are the top two causes of death among men.
There are many ways to involved in Men’s Health Month this year! You can utilize social media to share education and awareness about men’s health issues around the world. To help spread the message of protecting men’s health, remember to use the hashtags: #MensHealthMonth and #ShowUsYourBlue
In addition, you can wear blue the Friday before Father’s Day to show your support! The Wear BLUE campaign was created by Men’s Health Network to raise awareness about the importance of male health and to encourage men to live longer and healthier lives. Participating in the campaign and wearing blue also helps raise awareness and money for education about men’s need to seek regular checkups.
The most important way to get involved, though, is to schedule your preventative appointments and focus on healthy lifestyle habits, or encourage the men in your life to do so. To learn more, click here!