June: Men’s Health Awareness

Summer is upon us once again. The kids are out for summer break. Families are planning their summer vacations. Water parks are gearing up for the season. And Father’s Day is right around the corner….

So much family fun ahead! Let’s remember the importance of caring for the health of our family members.

June has been designated as men’s health month so we want to share some information we hope you will pass on to help bring about awareness and celebrate the men in our lives. Show your support by wearing blue on June 17th in support of men’s health week.

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Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of it’s impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue. ~Congressman Bill Richardson, May 24, 1994

Did you know…..

Enlarged Prostate is the male sex gland that produces the fluid for semen. An enlarged prostate is not cancerous and is the most common prostate health problem among men over 50. HALF of all men between 50 and 60 will develop it. Symptoms: frequent urination, incomplete emptying of bladder, a weak urine stream, or difficulty starting urination.

Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men. It is the second leading cancer killer of men, behind lung cancer. It is very slow growing. Still, it kills about 30,000 men each year. With early detection, prostate cancer can be treated.

Prostatitis is the most common prostate problem for men under 50 – so common that about 50% of all adult men will be treated for it in their lifetime. Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate that may be caused by an infection. The prostate is a small gland (about the size of a walnut) that surrounds the urethra. The urethra is a tube that takes urine from the bladder to the penis and also carries semen during ejaculation.

YES men! It is that time of year to get checked! There are free to low cost providers. To find a list for your area please visit http://www.menshealthmonth.org/freehealthcare/index.html

Wishing everyone a safe, happy and healthy summer…

Happy Father’s Day and may God bless each and every one of you.

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