JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — June is National Men’s Health Month and whether it is your friend, brother, dad, boyfriend, spouse, or coworker, show them you care about them and their health by wearing blue on June 16.
Men statistically have more health problems and die younger than women, so National Men’s Health Month was created to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Readiness is the primary focus of Army Medicine and guaranteeing our Soldiers are healthy enough to deploy is important, so regular checkups are encouraged for all ages. Middle-aged men and seniors should have exams more frequently and a colonoscopy is among the vital diagnostic tool doctors recommend to patients.
With male Soldiers making up approximately 85 percent of the active duty Army population, it is critical to increase their awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease.
Age 50 and older men need to be screened for colon and prostate cancer. The prostate is a small gland that is part of the reproductive system.
More than 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions that affect their quality of life. Over 50 percent of men in their 60s and as many as 90 percent in their 70s have symptoms of an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and is the second leading cancer killer of men behind lung cancer, but if detected early, prostate cancer can be treated.
Most men’s health threats are largely preventable. All men need to make healthy lifestyle choices, such as eating a healthy diet and include physical activity in their daily routine. Physicians recommend that men eat healthy with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, maintain a healthy weight, stay physically active, do not use tobacco, and get regular checkups.
National Men’s Health Month is not restricted to just physical screening and prevention; Army Medicine is focused screening and recognizing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Embedded Behavioral Health identifies and treats Soldiers with behavioral health conditions to erode the stigma commonly associated with behavior health care in the military setting.
So schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Manager today, or use www.tricareonline.com.