Despite advances in medical technology and research, men continue to live an average of almost six years less women, with African-American men having the lowest life expectancy.
In comparison to women, men are more likely to smoke and drink more, put off routine checkups or ignore symptoms of a health problem. Men also tend to join in risky and dangerous behaviors.
Men need to pay more attention to their bodies especially to the health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. Many of the major health risks that men face – like colon cancer or heart disease - can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis.
We encourage men and their families to be aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and medical check-ups.
Test Your Knowledge About Men's Health - Quiz from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. During this week, individuals, families, communities, and others work to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
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