June is Men’s Health Month and we are reminded of the importance of properly educating men and boys about what they can do to be proactive about their health.
The statistics are troubling. At birth, males outnumber females 105:100. By age 65-74, the ratio shifts to 80:100. Even worse, men often experience a lower quality of life than women.
Some other staggering statistics:
● 1/6 of American men will get prostate cancer.
● 50% of men will develop cancer in their lifetime.
● Testicular cancer is most common in men ages 15-35. It is 100% curable when caught and treated early.
There are, however, simple steps men and boys can take to significantly improve their health. Things like exercising moderately for 30 minutes, five days a week, drinking eight glasses of water every day, and eating a varied diet that includes a lot of fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
The infographic below highlights some of the most important facts related to this issue, with actionable steps that should be taken to address this challenge (resource http://online.nursing.georgetown.edu/).