Introduction: Did you know that November is Men’s Health Awareness Month? This month is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of men’s health and wellness. In honor of Men’s Health Awareness Month, we’re taking a closer look at some of the most pressing health concerns facing men today.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States. In fact, one in every four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease. The good news is that heart disease is preventable and there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Some simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of heart disease include quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in American men. The good news is that prostate cancer can be detected early with a simple screening test called a PSA test. If you are over the age of 50 or have a family history of prostate cancer, be sure to talk to your doctor about whether or not a PSA test is right for you.
Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being, but it’s often overlooked when it comes to men’s health. One in eight men will experience depression at some point in their lifetime. Suicide is the seventh leading cause of death for men in the U.S., with four out of five suicides being male. If you are struggling with mental health issues, don’t suffer in silence—reach out for help from a mental health professional or support group.
This November, take some time to focus on your own health and wellness during Men’s Health Awareness Month. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to many common health concerns facing men today. Talk to your doctor about ways you can reduce your risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, and other health conditions. And if you are struggling with mental health issues, don’t hesitate to reach out for help—you are not alone.