We know it’s considered bad to generalize but it does seem to be an accepted fact that men don’t look after their health as well as women look after theirs – something to do with being the tougher sex, we suppose. True or not, on 15-21 June the world holds International Men’s Health Week, and this is a time to raise awareness about all the issues that affect them disproportionately. Here at FirstMed the focus is just the same: getting men to think about problems they may have or could develop, and to gain the desire to do something about it.
Men’s Health Week began in the United States in 1994 and is thus 26 years old this year. It became an international event in 2002 when it was first marked in the UK, and has since been adopted in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Hungary and beyond. The week provides an opportunity for a wide range of organizations and individuals to draw attention to the poor state of men’s health, organize activities that engage men, and advocate changes to health policy and practice. In short, it puts men’s health on the map globally.
Each year International Men’s Health Week becomes bigger and better known, so if you’re a man who wants to do more, or a woman who wants to inform a man you love about it, then start spreading the word, and make an appointment at FirstMed. The more well-known the week becomes, the more men will feel like talking about their health issues and not just pushing them to the side and ignoring problems in the misguided hope that they will go away.
Men are assailed by the diseases that can affect anyone – heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, depression – and they should not ignore the possibility. But they also have unique issues such as prostate cancer and benign prostate enlargement, and other diseases of the male reproductive system.
The main theme for International Men’s Health Week 2020 is “Take Action on Covid-19”. Last year the focus was on diabetes, a disease that becomes present in men much more than women and can develop complications in male bodies at a higher rate.
An annual physical with a general practitioner can help men be aware of what’s going on inside their bodies and show them what steps they can take to stay as healthy as possible. They can get screened for various diseases and find ways to fight them off. If you’re ready to make your next annual appointment, contact us today!