Tuesday, June 12, 2012

National Men's Health Week June 11-17, 2012

National Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year and is always the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. This week honors the importance of men’s health and wellness. The goal of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health issues and advocate early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. This week gives family, friends, health care providers and communities an opportunity to encourage men and boys to solicit regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

Men have a higher death rate for heart disease, cancer, injuries, stroke, HIV infection, diabetes, pneumonia, flu and suicide.

Why are men at higher risk?
  • A higher percentage of men have no health care coverage
  • Men are employed in the most dangerous occupations such as mining, firefighting and construction
  • Public health information is not always geared toward the male population
  • Men have less healthy lifestyles including risk-taking at younger ages
It’s important we work together to improve the health and well-being of men, boys and families. Learn more about National Men’s Week by clicking here.
Encourage men to celebrate Men's Health Week by seeing a doctor. One way you can do this is by participating in a clinical research study near you. Participating in a research study gives you access to quality medical care and medications not available through other means at reduced, or no cost. You may also receive financial compensation for time and travel. Participation in a study can also be an opportunity to educate yourself about your own health and make a difference to other men.
Search for currently enrolling studies by clicking here.

Article adapted from www.menshealthmonth.org

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