June is a reminder about men’s health

Show Dad he matters; schedule a screening
Around the world people are celebrating June as Men’s Health Month. Men’s Health Month is built on the pillars of awareness, prevention, education and family.
 Men’s Health Month is credited with the increase in wellness activities for boys Men’s Health Month is the time to encourage men to make prevention a priority. Many health conditions can be prevented or detected early with regular checkups from your health care provider. Regular screenings may include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, prostate health and more.
 Did you know that women are 100 percent more likely than men to visit a doctor for annual exams?
 Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men’s health is truly a family issue.
 I encourage all men to recognize the importance of seeking preventative, timely and appropriate medical care. Let all of us — both men and women — remain mindful of the important role preventative medical care, daily exercise, a balanced diet and refraining from smoking can have in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.
 Ladies, this Men’s Health Month, encourage the men in your life to eat healthy, exercise daily and visit the doctor for regular checkups. Are you ready to man up and schedule a doctor’s appointment this June?
 If you do not have health insurance, the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties (CSP) may be able to assist you with some of these annual screenings. CSP provides free mammograms and pap tests to eligible women 40 and older, and colon cancer screenings to eligible men and women 50 and older. For more information, please call 518-841-3726.
Suzanne Hagadorn
The writer the the Health Education & Promotion coordinator for CSP Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.

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