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Men's Health Month 2015

June 16, 2015

Men's Health Month is celebrated across the county with screening, media appearances and health fairs. Men's Health Month brings awareness to prevent health problems dealing with disease among men. This month will provide all the resources one would need in treatment. The most common cancers among men are colorectal, lung and prostate. These diseases can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The American Cancer Society's estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2015 are:

About 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer

About 27,540 deaths from prostate cancer

1 in every 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer mainly occurs in older men. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66. Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it.

Wear BLUE June 15-21, 2015 created by Men's Health Network to raise awareness about the importance of male health. Wearing a blue ribbon symbolizes the support for the fight against prostate cancer.

Here are some tips for men leading a healthy life:

  • Physicals: The most important step to prevent or fight cancers and disease is to get a yearly physical.
  • Stay at a healthy weight: Obesity or overweight can be more of a risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
  • Eating Healthy: Eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains are great nutrients your body needs to fight the disease.
  • Exercise: Exercise is another great way to live a healthier life. Adults need at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each day.
  • Smoking: Smoking is just another leading cause of death, lung disease, cancer and stroke. If you do smoke try to quit as soon possible. Avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Sleep: It is very important to get a full nights rest. Not enough sleep will cause health issues and affect your mood.
  • Check your numbers: See your doctor or nurse for regular checkups. Keep track of your number for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, body mass (BMI). Keep your doctors informed on how high or low your numbers get.

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