Men's Health - Know the Facts and What to Do About Them

Fact: Men are 24 percent less likely to go to the doctor than women.

Fact: 7 million men in American haven’t been seen by a doctor in over 10 years.

Fact: Men live an average of five years less than women.

Fact: More than half of premature deaths in men are preventable.

The leading causes of death in men in order are:

  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Accidents (unintentional injury)

Did you know…

  • One in two men will be diagnosed with cancer.
  • Nearly 35% of men 20 years and older are obese.
  • Over 1/3 of men suffer from high blood pressure.

Now that you know some of the facts, let’s talk about ways to improve these… no more excuses.

To lower your chances of getting cancer and other diseases:

  • Don’t use tobacco. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes too. If you do use, ask your doctor or nurse about quitting.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen with SPF of 30. Cover your head and ears with a protective hat.
  • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grain. Eat smaller amounts of red and processed meats and high-fat dairy products.
  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight.
  • Drink less alcohol, if you drink at all.
  • Get moving with regular physical activity.

It is important to start talking with your doctor about heart disease, cancer, and your risks. This may involve checking and managing your cholesterol levels, controlling blood pressure, managing diabetes, taking your medicines as needed, and making other small changes in your lifestyle and habits.

Cancer prevention for men includes checking for prostate cancer and colon cancer. Talk to your doctor or nurse about these tests, how often they are done, and which are best for you.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) now recommends colorectal cancer screenings to begin at age 45. Data shows that rates of colorectal cancer are increasing in younger populations. As a result of this, the ACS updated their guideline to save more lives by finding colorectal cancer early, when treatment is more likely to be successful and by finding and removing polyps before they develop into cancer.

Many insurances now pay 100% for preventative health. If it has been more than one year since you have seen a doctor for a wellness check-up, you know what you need to do. Get that appointment made now!

For more information, contact Four Corners Health Department at 877-337-3573 or 402-362-2621. You can also send an email to info@fourcorners.ne.gov.