Men… Take Control of Your Health …Get Screened!
According to Cleveland Clinic…for many reasons, men are much less likely than women to seek medical care, sometimes causing harmful delays in diagnosis and treatment. Many of the major health risks that men face, like diabetes, prostate cancer or heart disease can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis. (ref.1).
It is important to note that a Cleveland Clinic Survey (2019) stated that men in general will do almost anything they can to avoid screenings. (ref.2) One of your male family members or neighbors might be building a patio this summer and putting off scheduling doctor appointments and routine screenings. One of the most problematic behaviors contributing to this lifespan disparity is the non-help-seeking nature amongst men. Statistics show that women are 33% more likely to visit their doctor and 100% better at maintaining screening and preventive services than men. (ref. 3) The Cleveland Clinic has launched a campaign, MENtion it -that encourages men to get screened. (ref. 4)
As a nation, we celebrated Mother’s Day May 18, 2022. On June 19, 2022 we as nation will be celebrating Father’s Day. It is important to note that there are significant differences between the health of men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die 5 years earlier than women and die at higher rates from the three leading causes of death, heart disease, cancer and unintentional injuries. (ref. 5)