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Men of all ages need to go to the doctor regularly in order to stay healthy and maintain their well-being. On average, men live about seven years less than women, and the reason is partially because they don’t visit a doctor on a regular basis. For young men in particular, sexually-transmitted diseases are a primary concern. Did you know that nearly half of the 20 million new STD cases each year are among young people, ages 15-24
Health Challenges for Men
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top causes of health issues for men arise from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. There are also some health conditions that strictly affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. A lot of the health problems that men might face are preventable and treatable, provided they are diagnosed early.
Preventive Measures to Take Today
Making a few small lifestyle changes can significantly lower the risk of contracting any of these common diseases for men. Men are more likely than women to smoke, drink, make unhealthy choices and put off regular check-ups. Here are some things that most men can start changing today:
It is important to take measures to prevent any health problems. Don’t wait until something is serious to make an appointment to see the doctor. If you have any questions about health challenges for men, schedule an appointment with your provider today. ACCESS has locations near you and our team of health care professionals is ready to help you learn more and take control of your health.
Take Action Today:
Come to Westside Healthy Start’s Man Cave Event
ACCESS’ Westside Healthy Start program is hosting a “Man Cave” event, where men can come together to discuss health issues, fatherhood and how community violence is affecting them. There will also be an opportunity to learn about job leads and entrepreneurial opportunities.
The event will be held on Wednesday, March 29th at 9:30 a.m., at ACCESS Warren Family Health Center, 2409 W. Warren Blvd. in Chicago. For more information, call Morris Carr at 773.712.4869.