Celebrate Mens Health Month this June
There are a lot of messages surrounding women’s health, but men also face unique challenges when it comes to health care. Each June, Men’s Health Month is observed to raise awareness about the specific health issues that men across the country face.
Seven Men’s Health Facts
- According to the CDC, a man’s lifespan is on average five years shorter than a woman’s
- Men may have weaker immune systems than women because of fewer T-cells
- Depression often goes undiagnosed in men, leading to greater numbers of suicide in men than women
- Women are 100 percent more likely to visit doctors for annual preventative visits than men
- One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
- A higher percentage of men have no healthcare coverage
- Men are more likely to suffer injuries and death at the workplace than women
Top Men’s Health Challenges
Heart disease and stroke are the top two health threats to men. Their arteries develop atherosclerosis earlier than women’s. Lung cancer is another disease that affects men more than women. It is the leading cancer killer for men, but it is also highly preventable. As many as 90 percent of lung cancers are caused by tobacco smoke. Prostate cancer is a well-known men’s health issue because women don’t have the prostate gland. Nearly 200,000 men develop it each year. Depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, but because it carries a stigma of emotions, many men fail to get diagnosed. Boys born in the year 2000 have a one-in-three chance of developing diabetes in their lifetimes.
What you can do
Men’s health issues will continue to be underappreciated unless people share their experiences and make it a priority to create awareness. If you’re interested in participating in Men’s Health Month, consider hosting a Wear Blue Day to show solidarity. Health fairs are a great way to get the community involved—you can even plan a mini version by asking a local doctor or nurse to give a lecture. Social media can help spread the word about event s and helpful health information.
Medical IDs for men
If you or a loved one lives with a chronic health condition like the ones we’ve mentioned, medical ID bracelets and necklaces can provide an added layer of security in the case of an emergency. We have a variety of bracelet and necklace styles—including dog tags to fit your needs.