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Men’s Health Week
06/01/2005
Terror is a horrible thing and it's what most men feel when it's time to visit their doctors. Men are more likely than women to experience serious medical problems that were once preventable because many do not get routine medical checkups. Men represent the strength of their families and many perceive admitting to an illness and going to the doctor as a weakness.

For the few that do go to the doctor, many procrastinate until the circumstances are severe and they can no longer manage to ignore the pain. Men like to try and fix their own problems and going to the doctor makes them feel like they do not have control over their lives. Furthermore, seeing the doctor is not the macho thing to do.

Men on average die almost six years earlier than women and at higher rates from the top 10 causes of death – heart disease, cancer, injuries, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, pneumonia/flu, HIV infection, suicide and homicide according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. Men are at greater risk of death because they make half as many physician visits for prevention.

Now more than ever, men need encouragement from their families and education on the importance of early detection of health problems.

In addition to Father's Day, National Men's Health Week is celebrated June 13-19. Don't allow your husband, father, son or brother to fall victim to these diseases. Encourage them to take charge of their health and schedule annual checkups with their doctors.

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