June is Men’s Health Month. This is an important time for healthcare providers to remind men of key factors that contribute to their overall health and how they can stay on top of certain health screenings. Below are some of the most common health risks for men.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death for men and accounted for 22 percent of deaths in 2016. According to the American Cancer Society, the cancers that most often affect men are prostate, colon, lung and skin cancers.
Prioritizing preventative measures and screenings can help men take control of their cancer risks. Firstly, knowing your unique family history helps you be aware if cancer concerns run in the family. If unsure, it’s important to schedule yearly primary care exams, physicals and cancer screenings. Be sure to talk to your physician about your concerns and what test are right for you.
Men are at a higher risk of heart attack. Recognize the signs of a heart attack which include:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Jaw, neck or back discomfort
- Dizziness, weakness or feeling light-headed
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, and women, in the United States. Coronary artery disease, the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the heart, is the most common type of heart disease and is responsible for over 370,000 deaths annually.
Cardiovascular disease includes many different conditions affecting heart and blood vessels. According the American Heart Association, one in three American men suffer from one or more of these conditions and one in four die of cardiovascular disease every year.
Small adjustments and adopting healthy habits such as adhering to a healthy diet and regular exercise, can make healthy living much easier. Stay ahead of the game by making sure you’re also on top of preventative care measures, yearly doctor's appointments, health screenings and discuss your family history with your primary care physician to further assess your unique risks.
Mental health refers to our emotional and psychological state and is related to how we handle stress and relate to others. In the U.S., problems with mental health are very common. About one in five Americans will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives. It’s important for men to recognize their cognitive and emotional state and take time for mental health. In 2016, according to the CDC, suicide was the second highest cause of death for men ages 10-24 and the third highest for ages 25-44. Mental illness is also the third most common cause of hospitalization for men ages 18-44.
Mental illness is caused by a variety of factors including biological factors, stress and even traumatic events. Suffering from cancer or heart disease can also cause mental illness. If a friend, colleague or family member in your life is exhibiting signs of poor mental health, you can help by reaching out and let them know help is available. Mental health is sometimes met with negative attitudes and misinformation. Take this quiz from the CDC to test your knowledge on mental health myths and facts.
Concordance Healthcare Solutions is dedicated to improving the health of the overall population from men and women to children, adults and the elderly. We work hand-in-hand with our suppliers in support of mutual success for healthcare providers and their patients. Contact us here to learn more about how we can focus on your unique supply chain needs.
*This blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.