November is all about Men’s Health
We’re all about raising awareness for health issues affecting men in Nevada.
This month we're going to take a good look at the men in our lives. When it comes to prevention and early detection, men's health often takes a back seat to women's health. Research, however, shows that, compared to women, men are more likely to smoke and drink alcohol and generally lead less healthy lifestyles. In addition, men are more likely to put off routine checkups and also delay seeing a healthcare provider for symptoms of a health problem. Compared to working-aged women, working-aged men are less likely to have a regular doctor and health insurance.
Please donate to help uninsured or underinsured men receive screening services.
Fortunately, many of the health conditions and diseases that men face can be prevented or treated - if found early. In order to start taking better care of their health, it is important for men to understand their risk factors and how they can improve their overall health.
Among American men, prostate cancer is the most common cancer other than skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Prostate cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer death in American men behind lung cancer.
Let’s remind the men in our lives their doctor is their partner in health. Now is the perfect time to set a routine doctor’s appointment and get peace of mind. Partners - remind your husband, father, brother, grandfather, or friend to keep themselves in good health by making all their appointments with their health care providers.
- Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer.
- About 1 man in 41 will die of prostate cancer.
- About 1 man in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
Screening typically begins with the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. This measures the level of PSA in the blood, so you'll want to set up your lab appointment. Although a high PSA level may be tied to other conditions that affect the prostate, PSA levels can be high in men who have prostate cancer. Speak with your doctor to determine the best screening plan for you.
Prostate health is a very important issue, so get checked and check out health facts for prostate cancer.
Health professionals throughout the state are challenging Nevada’s men to get screened for colon cancer. The disease is the second leading cause of cancer death for men and women in Nevada and nationwide, but with proper screening and early detection the risk of dying from colon cancer can be reduced by up to 70 percent.
Traditional colonoscopy is still the gold standard for colon cancer screening. However, the at-home FIT test, which is completed annually, is a low-cost alternative available at most community health clinics or through a primary care doctor. Both screening tests are covered by most insurance plans, but the FIT test is also considered by physicians as a great screening choice for those without insurance or limited insurance coverage.
What is a colonoscopy?
Most colorectal cancers start from ‘silent’ growths within the colon called polyps. A screening colonoscopy can detect and remove polyps in a procedure that takes about an hour to complete. Removal of these polyps prevents the development of colorectal cancer and allows for analysis.
Men’s mental health is an important and urgent issue in public health today. Men are 7x more likely to commit suicide than women. In fact, suicide is the 6th leading cause of death for males. Few, if any clinicians and community leaders are receiving adequate training to identify, interrupt, triage, and manage mental health issues in boys and men. Furthermore, anxiety and substance abuse problems can increase suicide risk. Your donation will help deliver care and compassion to men who otherwise couldn’t receive assistance.
The American Cancer Society provides information to help you recognize changes and get help when needed:
A disease of young and middle-aged men. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for testicular cancer in the United States for 2020 are:
- About 9,610 new cases of testicular cancer diagnosed
- About 440 deaths from testicular cancer
- About 1 of every 250 males will develop testicular cancer at some point during their lifetime.
The incidence rate of testicular cancer has been increasing in the US and many other countries for several decades. The increase is mostly in seminomas. Experts have not been able to find reasons for this. Lately, the rate of increase has slowed.
The average age at the time of diagnosis of testicular cancer is about 33. This is largely a disease of young and middle-aged men, but about 6% of cases occur in children and teens, and about 8% occur in men over the age of 55.
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