The month of June recognizes menâ€™s health and for good reason. Did you know that women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men? (MensHealth.org). According to menshealthmonth.org, the purpose of Menâ€™s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
By recognizing Menâ€™s Health Month, individuals in the healthcare industry providers, policy makers, the mainstream media, and individuals like you have the power to influence others to make a lasting effort that will help boys and men for many generations to come. By going to the doctors for regular check-ups and examinations boys and men can lower the risk of catching a disease before itâ€™s too late. It is difficult to diagnose a disease or injury to begin with, and even more difficult to do so without a visit to the doctor.
It may seem pointless to take time out of your day to go to the doctor when you feel completely fine. Many people think or say to their families, â€œIâ€™ll know if something is wrong with me.â€ Unfortunately, the truth is that many times there are no signs of disease or injury and by the time there are, the condition is significantly worse. By seeking regular attention, injuries/diseases are diagnosed earlier and proper treatment takes place in order to prevent it from getting worse.
Here are some facts concerning Menâ€™s Health. These facts are from MensHealth.org:
Men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death and are the victims of over 92% of workplace deaths. (BLS)
In 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Now, men, on average, die almost six years earlier than women. (CDC)
Men suffer hearing loss at 2x the rate of women.
Men have fewer infection-fighting T-cells and are thought to have weaker immune systems than women.
By the age of 100, women outnumber men eight to one
At SelectQuote, we value the health and well-being of all individuals. We hope that you will take the remaining days of this month to spread the word to your family, your friends, and maybe even a stranger. Post a Facebook status or simply wear a blue ribbon and explain the significance of it when someone asks you. You can make a positive contribution to your community and possibly change somebodyâ€™s life for the better.