International Men’s Health Week

Anders Group advocates for quality healthcare by hiring knowledgeable and caring healthcare professionals. In continuum of our social media campaign for International Men’s Health Week and with Father’s Day approaching, we want to continue to spread awareness of male health and their preventable issues. We hope to help men lead healthy, proactive, fulfilling lives by showing the importance of healthcare services.

 

THE HISTORY BEHIND IMHW

In 1994, the U.S. Congress and President Clinton passed and signed the week preceding Father’s Day as Men’s Health Week. This was done to heighten awareness of male health issues and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among the male population. Out of inspiration of the United State’s efforts, the Men’s Health Network organized a meeting at the first World Congress on Men’s Health in 2001 at Vienna, Austria to discuss synchronizing a universal men’s health awareness period. The launching of International Men’s Health Week (IMHW) was created at the 2nd World Congress on Men’s Health in 2002.

 

CONSIDER THESE HEALTH STATISTICS:

  • 1 in 2 men are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, compared to 1 in 3 women
  • More than 60% of adult American men are overweight or obsese (National Institutes of Health)
  • Over 700,000 men are diagnosed with a type of cancer each year; 300,000 of these cases will result in death (Men’s Health Resource Center)
  • 230,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year (Cancer.org)
  • Men are 1.5 times more likely to die of heart disease, cancer, and respiratory disease
  • Men are more likely to develop oral and throat cancer, as well as periodontal disease
  • 33% of men aged 20 and over have hypertension

 

There are many conditions that disproportionately only affect men, but one of the most common issues men deal with are the cultural/societal norms. Masculine norms are the primary motivators for men’s avoidance in seeking healthcare services. Statistics show that men are far less likely to seek the recommended medical screenings. 

As part of an educational campaign for men’s health, The Cleveland Clinic surveyed over 500 American men of varying ages about their usage of healthcare resources. They found that only 3 out of 5 men get annual physicals, over 40% of men only go to the doctor when they think they have a serious medical condition, and more than half of men said their health was something they never talk about. This is an ongoing issue that keeps doctors from detecting life-threatening issues early, which results in larger health dangers and sometimes even death.

This applies to physical health and men’s mental/emotional wellbeing as well. 24.6% of men with a mental illness do not seek services because they believe they can handle the problem without treatment. This leads to the statistic that men are 3 to 7 times more likely than women to commit suicide. Many men tend to believe that having physical and mental illnesses is equivalent to being weak or emasculating. It is okay to feel vulnerable. It is okay to seek help. Reach out to those around you, and get the medical attention you need before it is too late.

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