Men's Health Month aims to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men
and boys.
Did you know?
The American Cancer Society estimates that among men, prostate, lung, and colon cancer will account for 44% of all newly diagnosed cancers in 2016, with prostate cancer alone accounting for about 1 in 5 cases.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men of most racial/ethnic groups in the U.S., with 70-89% of sudden cardiac events occurring in men.
Strokes are the fourth most common cause of death in men. They are more likely in men over age 65, but can happen at any age. Strokes are also more likely to be fatal and strike earlier in men than in women.
Men and women experience depression differently: men may be more likely to feel very tired and irritable, and lose interest in their work, family, or hobbies. They may be more likely to have difficulty sleeping, and many men do not recognize, acknowledge, or seek help for their depression.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 46,870 case of melanoma will be diagnosed in men in 2016 in the U.S.
Take Action
See your doctor annually. Ask about screening tests for certain diseases and conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Remember, your annual physical and preventive screenings are covered at 100% under your Pearson benefits.
Be smoke-free. Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of death, including cancer, lung disease, and stroke. There are several medicines to help people quit smoking, so speak to your doctor to see if this is a good plan for you. When accompanied with a prescription, these medicines are available through Express Scripts for a small copay.
Make the right food choices. Through Anthem and Cigna, you and your and covered dependents can receive up to three sessions per calendar year with a nutritionist/dietician (specialist copay of $45 per session).
Stress can wreak havoc on your health. Take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to get help managing short-term stress, with unlimited telephonic sessions and up to five face-to-face counseling sessions at no cost to you.
Use that sunscreen! The American Cancer Society recommends using sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 and reapplied at least every 2 hours, as well as after sweating or swimming.
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Today, cantaloupes are the most popular melon in the
United States but have their origins in Iran, India and Africa
and were cultivated as far back as 5,000 years ago. One cup
of the fresh, cubed fruit is only 54 calories, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein. They
are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, fiber, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate.
Try this refreshing cantaloupe smoothie today!
Sources: Centers for Disease Control ; US Department of Health and Human Services; American Cancer Society; American Heart Association; National Institute on Mental Health; National Library of Medicine;;;