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Men's Health Month

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The month of June brings many things - the start of summer, Father's Day and Men's Health Month. The purpose of Men's Health Month is to raise people's awareness of preventable health issues for men and encourage males of all ages to see their doctors regularly for screenings, such as for prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, and early treatment for disease and injury. Medicare and some insurance companies cover an annual preventive prostate cancer screening for all male beneficiaries age 50 and older, with coverage for colorectal screenings varying by age and cancer risk.

Throughout the month of June, organizations nationwide will offer screenings, hold health fairs and health education and outreach events. In addition, some companies will institute "Wear Blue Friday" to bring attention to this important effort, encouraging employees to wear blue the Friday before Father's day.

Men are much less likely than women to have a regular doctor and are much more likely to put off routine medical checkups or avoid going to the doctor when experiencing symptoms. Men's Health Month is a great reminder to make an effort to think about health and to get screened for better health and a longer, healthier life.