June 2019

National Men’s Health and National Safety Months
With Father’s Day and the beginning of summer occurring in June, it is fitting that we increase our awareness about Men’s Health topics and National Safety precautions.



  • Melanoma or skin cancer is more common in men. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over 40 percent of men say they never use sunscreen.
  • According to the ACS, the most common cancers diagnosed in men are prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers. Together, they account for 42% of all cases in men, with prostate cancer alone accounting for nearly 1 in 5 new cases.
  • Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for men. While there are many causes of cardiovascular disease, just 1 year after quitting smoking, the risk of a heart attack drops sharply.
  • Six million men in the U.S. suffer from depression each year. Common symptoms in men include loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities, fatigue, changes in appetite and sleep disturbances.
  • The National Safety Council reports that nearly 170,000 people died from unintentional injury deaths in 2017. These deaths most often occur when least expected – on vacation, while doing chores at home or when driving across town.
  • With the summer season upon us, we must be even more mindful of water safety, as drowning caused 3,709 deaths in 2017.


  • Follow these tips from the American Academy of Dermatology to prevent skin cancer.
  • The Be Healthy For Good with Life's Simple 7 are guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) that improve not just heart health, but also your overall well-being.
  • Consider these heart healthy recipes from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
  • Find out how to recognize symptoms of depression in men, and learn about treatment and other resources at the National Institutes of Mental Health.
  • Visit the National Safety Council for detailed safety tips for everyday life as well as precautions specific to each of the four seasons of the year.
  • The Employee Assistance Program can help with a broad range of issues affecting mental and emotional well-being, stress, grief, family problems, psychological disorders and referrals. Confidential unlimited phone counseling and up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per issue per year are available to you and family members who live with you. Visit Cigna EAP or call 1.800.593.4138.

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Sources: American Academy of Dermatology, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control, eatingwell.com, National Institute of Mental Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Safety Council, National Highway Safety Transportation Department, WebMD