Churches United for Healthy Congregations

Improving health through faith and behavioral change

Men's Health
Most of us already know that men do not seek medical help as often as women. Even though there is a lot of good information on TV and the Internet about prevention and the importance of getting those regular check-ups, often by the time a man is diagnosed with a illness, it has become more serious that it ever needed to be. It is important to understand that some of the conditions that affect men can be prevented or successfully treated with early diagnosis. The key word here is EARLY.  Screening tests can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. It's important to have regular checkups and screenings. Below are some links to helpful medical information about men's health. 

Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of death from cancer in men of all ages. It is rare in men younger than 40.

Cancer of the colon or rectum is also called colorectal cancer. In the United States, it is the fourth most common cancer in men and women. Caught early, it is often curable.

Heart Disease is the number one killer in the United States and a leading cause of disability.

Cancer is a scary word that affects us all. Even if we never get cancer ourselves, it is highly likely someone we care about will get this disease. Every year cancer claims the lives of approximately 300,000 men in the United States. Find out more about men and cancer at this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page.

Bladder Problems: Urine leakage, frequent urination, or the urgent need to urinate don?t have to be unavoidable parts of aging. Bladder Control problems can be treated.

Depression: Studies have shown that men are concerned that seeing a mental health professional or going to a mental health clinic might have a negative impact at work if their employer or colleagues found out. They fear that being labeled with a diagnosis of mental illness could cost them the respect of their family and friends, or their standing in the community.

Osteoporosis: The majority of men view osteoporosis as a "women's disease." But the truth is that one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their remaining lifetime.

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