Men’s Health Month
Men’s Health Month
Men’s health is a topic that can sometimes be put on the back burner for a multitude of reasons. Whether it’s the heavy load of work schedules or the inability to express needs, men often overlook the importance of their health. The month of June is “Men’s Health Awareness Month”. It is not only a time to bring awareness and education to male-related diseases, but to also open the floor to the mental health struggles the male population faces
Common Male Health Concerns
As a part of bringing awareness and education to men regarding their health, it is important to note the impact that early self-screening and early detection can be key when it comes to some male-related diseases or cancers. Some of these health issues include:
- Prostate Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Low testosterone
While some of the concerns on the list can also affect women, males may see different symptoms than women or can have more serious side effects. In the case of diabetes, men are more likely to get diabetes at a lower weight than women.
Mental Health for Men
Among physical health, Men’s Health Month is also dedicated to bringing awareness to the mental health struggles men face. According to the Centers for Disease Control, men are more likely to lose their life to suicide than women. The risk for males when it comes to mental health struggles lies in the fact that there is a stigma surrounding men and their ability to come forward and talk about their mental state. Though there have been great strides in today’s society to become more accepting of mental health issues, men still fall into the mentality of “toxic masculinity” or having to be strong for the people around them.
Awareness is for Everybody
When spreading awareness about the topic of men’s health, we must ensure that everyone understands the common health issues for men in order to offer support. Supporting men also means opening up the floor and offering a safe space for men to discuss their issues. If you are a male and you have noticed changes in your health Talk to your doctor about your concerns. Additionally, if you are not a male, make sure the men in your life know that you are there for their support and they aren’t alone in their health care journey!
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