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Men's Health Week

Men's health week has started...learn why men should be getting yearly check ups no matter their age
June 9th through the 15th marks the 20th anniversary of Men’s Health Week. Traditionally held the week before Father’s Day, this observance was created to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. Men often wait to seek health care until there is a dire need, and often times it is too late. It is important for men to get regular checkups and screenings to improve health and reduce premature death and disability so they can be around for many Father’s Days to come.

As a woman you play a vital role it your men's health. Men’s health issues don’t affect only men; they have a significant impact on everyone around them. And because women live longer than men, they see their fathers, brothers, sons, and husbands suffer or die prematurely. Women are in a unique position to be able to help fight the obstacles men face in getting the health care they need. They can set up appointments and encourage men to keep tabs on their health. 

Dr. Robert Wayment from Ogden Clinic, gives Men’s specific health problems:

Testicular Cancer – Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15 to 35. Although it cannot be prevented, thanks to improved treatments and diagnostics, testicular cancer, like prostate cancer, has a very high cure rate if caught early.

Low Testosterone – Testosterone is the most important male hormone. Almost five million men suffer from testosterone deficiency, which if left untreated for too long, is linked with long-term health problems such as loss of muscle mass, low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, inability to concentrate and even osteoporosis.

Prostate Problems – The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that naturally enlarges as men age. Potential problems include prostatitis and BHP (benign prostatic hyperplasia), which can cause swelling and painful or difficult urination.

Prostate Cancer – Prostate cancer is a concern for men 50 and older, or high-risk men 40 and older (these include African Americans, men with a family history of prostate cancer and men exposed to Agent Orange), all whom should be screened yearly. If caught early, this disease is often treatable.

Erectile Dysfunction/Impotence – Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability of a man to get or maintain an erection sufficient for his sexual needs or the needs of his partner. Although ED becomes more common with age, men of any age can suffer from it – and almost do at some point in their life. What many people don’t know is that most of the time, erectile problems are caused by an underlying health problem, such as diabetes, clogged arteries or high blood pressure. Unfortunately, most men refuse to discuss ED with either their partners or health care providers. As a result, men feel embarrassed and women feel their men no longer find them attractive. So if you want make love and he says he has a headache – pay attention: It might be something far more serious.

It is important to remember that male-only conditions aren't the only ones men suffer from. Men die at higher rates than women from stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and cancer. Routine screenings are extremely important, and women can help encourage their men to get checked out. Do it because you love them and because you want them to be around for every Father’s Day.

Helpful links and resources:
What Women Need to Know
Health Checklist

For more information or to schedule a checkup visit:
OgdenClinic.com or call 801-475-3075

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