- Men's Health Month
is celebrated in June in the United States, with month-long awareness
programs on various preventable health issues, diseases and conditions
that affect men.
- National Men's
Health Week is also celebrated in June each year, during the week leading
up to or including Father's Day. This year the designated week is from 12th-18th June.
- Men are the worst
affected when it comes to heart disease, stroke, and certain types of
cancer. They are also more prone to exhibiting risky and aggressive
behavior which can result in accidents and fatality.
men in your life might drive you crazy, but you still love them no matter
what! Join hands then to raise awareness on men's health
issues, and come together for our boys during the Men's Health Month.
is Men's Health Month.
This year 2017 marks
anniversary of an annual month-long program celebrating
men's health and drawing attention to the various preventable diseases, and
that affect men
across the world.
‘June is Menís Health Month. Celebrate menís health and be alerted on the various health issues that can affect the men in your life.’
May, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a bill that went on to
establish the National Men's Health Week.
The week from 12th
June leads up to Father's Day, thereby marking the culmination of manhood.
Men's Health Network (MHN)
, which is the main organizing body behind the
Men's Health Week and Month, is a non-profit organization in the United States
operating on a national level. Its goal is to address the growing crisis in
men's health over the past decades; to advocate, educate and raise awareness on
preventable men's health issues, lower premature mortality, and save the lives
of men and boys.
Men's Health Month
Health Month involves month-long awareness activities such as health fairs,
screenings, health education programs, and campaigns, involving media outreach,
policy makers, health care professionals, and every individual who is motivated
to give the men and boys in their lives a happy and healthy life. Men are to be
motivated to seek regular medical advice so that early detection is possible in
the event of onset of disease. They should also be encouraged to opt for early treatment
following diagnosis. The month also focuses on raising funds and promoting
research and studies into men's health issues.
Blue is a program designed by the Men's Health Network with the purpose of
raising funds that can be used for advocacy and awareness programs. Each year,
communities across the States wear blue to celebrate the men in their lives,
and to show that they care for their health and well-being.
Why should we address
the time of World War I, men and women, especially in the developed nations,
had similar longevity. Since then, however, over the following decades, men's
health has undergone a steady decline, with women outliving men by
approximately 5 years, globally
countries of the world, particularly the developing nations, continue to
maintain an ever-widening gender-gap,
women are the ones suffering massive maltreatment, both at home and outside.
They are subjected to domestic abuse, workplace discrimination, malnourishment,
sexual assault, to name a few. According to the World Health Organization
(WHO), 99% of maternal mortality, the rates of which are devastatingly high,
occurs in developing countries. In poorer countries, women, especially those
living in the rural areas, receive little to no attention when it comes to
health and well-being.
Yet, research shows that men, across the world,
have higher mortality rates than women
although, expectedly, the gap in mortality is lesser in the developing
countries of the world due to the aforementioned condition of women.
developed countries, however, the gap is wide enough to be a cause for public
in general, tend to be more addicted to tobacco and alcohol consumption
They are also employed in more hazardous working conditions, perform heavier
, and are more prone to aggressive behavior resulting in
higher fatality from driving accidents, and violence.
some countries, the gendered mortality rate results from the cultural
conditioning of men and women. Men, with their stereotypical notions of
power, and masculinity, tend to be more sexually active.
Yet, each sexual
conquest is liable to spell doom for them by increasing the chances of sexually
is also a gender difference in terms of death by suicide, with men
committing suicide much more than women
. The difference is once again less
prominent in less developed nations, where a large percentage of women are
forced to take their lives, due to their abysmal social status.
are also more prone to certain health conditions and diseases than women and,
in high-income countries, they avail less health care facilities than their
female counterparts. They are more likely to postpone health check ups and
tend to care less for healthy food habits, and a healthy lifestyle.
is therefore self-evident why it is high time men's health became a public
health issue, to be addressed at the level of public policy making,
governmental interventions and media awareness.
Most common diseases and
conditions that tend to affect men include:
Disease and Stroke:
is the leading cause of death in men in the United States, across races and
ethnicity. Men fall prey to nearly 70-80% cardiac events. The scariest part of this
is that almost 50% of men die suddenly of coronary heart disease without any
prior symptoms. Also, compared to women, they have a higher incidence of high
blood pressure and are twice more likely to succumb to a stroke.
The most common type of cancer in men in the U.S. is lung
(incidence of 54%) followed by prostrate cancer
(incidence of 19.2%) and
then by colorectal cancer
(incidence of 17.3%).
of men fall victim to these diseases each year; yet, the worst part is that
these are, in fact, preventable conditions. Some lifestyle modifications like quitting
tobacco smoking, limiting alcohol intake, consuming a healthy diet, managing
weight and engaging in regular physical activity
are some of the ways that
men can keep healthy, and live longer.
is thus time to start making some subtle lifestyle changes that could, in the
long run, keep the men in your family healthy. Needless to say, any man, if
diagnosed with some life-threatening disease, would not be the only one
affected by it. The diagnosis would in turn affect his family members and
friends. Thus a healthy man can mean a healthy, happy family!
Men's Health Month seeks to cast light on the preventable conditions to which
millions of men are lost each year. Join in raising the alert today if you care
for your father, brother, husband, boyfriend, son, nephew, friend, or simply
for the boy-next-door!
- Men's Health Month - (http://www.menshealthmonth.org/)
- National Men's Health Week - (https://www.cdc.gov/men/nmhw/index.htm)