Livingston County offers tips for Men’s Health Week, first week of June
The County of Livingston celebrates “Men’s Health Week” every June, the week before Father’s Day, and the Department of Health would like to share the facts about men’s health.
Men are less likely than women to see a doctor regularly and are more likely to be disconnected from the health care system. They are often extremely reluctant to admit that there could be something wrong until an issue is too serious to ignore.
“Men often make their health a secondary priority. But many causes of illness are easily preventable. It is a fact that the simple awareness of preventable health problems, early detection and treatment of diseases can make a big difference in the quality of life. Early detection through routine exams such as prostate screens, blood pressure checks, cholesterol tests, colorectal cancer screens – even simple tests like blood sugar – can play an important role to stay healthy, ”says Jennifer Rodriguez, Director of Public Health.
This reluctance is a factor that can lead to growing health disparities between men and women. The difference in life expectancy between the sexes is now more than five years. Men have higher rates of heart disease and cancer, and higher rates of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and dangerously high cholesterol levels. These are problems that are often treatable if caught early. In addition, there are problems such as prostate and testicular cancers that are unique to men.
Men need to see their health care providers to assess their personal risk for various problems. Men should take the opportunity of “Men’s Health Week” as an ideal opportunity to make an appointment with their doctor or other health care provider.
No health insurance at this time? Colorectal cancer screenings are available FREE of charge through the Finger Lakes Region Cancer Services Program for uninsured men aged 50 or older who are eligible (and breast and cervical cancer screenings). uterine screening for uninsured women aged 40 and over, as well as colorectal cancer screenings for women 50 and over are also available). Call the Finger Lakes Region Cancer Services Program at 1-877-803-8070. In addition, the Reproductive Health Center provides confidential, low-cost or free services to adolescents and adults, including STI testing and treatment, rapid HIV testing and more. Please call 243-7540 for more information.
“A routine check-up can spot a problem before it gets worse and help you live longer with a better quality of life,” Ms. Rodriguez said. For more information on Men’s Health Week, call the Livingston County Health Department at 585-243-7299 or visit the CDC’s Men’s Health website at www.cdc. gov / men.