Earlier this month, we honored our dad on Father’s Day. June is also Men’s Health Month! Let’s celebrate and honor the men in our lives by ensuring that we raise the awareness of the health issues they, in particular, our senior men face.
For instance, did you know that many health issues men face are preventable if detected early? For example, take prostate cancer, a slow growing cancer in most cases, but if caught early, can be preventable. Most of the time, this type of cancer can grow undetected with no early signs or symptoms. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among American men. Men should discuss prostate cancer issues with their personal doctor or with a urologist.
The second leading cause of cancer in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is colorectal cancer. Precancerous polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) can be found during precancerous screenings. Those polyps can be removed before they turn into cancer. Men should talk to their doctor about early screenings.
During Men’s Health Month, we should also raise awareness about men’s heart health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for American men. Although regular exercise and avoiding tobacco or alcohol use are good decisions to promote proper heart health, these should be supported by a heart-healthy diet full of the Omega fatty acids, potassium and other nutrients necessary for proper circulatory health. It is important to know that even if men have no symptoms, they can still be at risk for heart disease.
Men should speak with their doctor or their health specialist about all health questions or concerns they have. In addition to regular screenings for the prostate and colorectal cancer, and heart disease; men should also be screened for diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and kidney/thyroid dysfunction. Many diseases are preventable with early detection and treatment.
Assisted Transition of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky celebrates Men’s Health Month!