June marks the celebration of Men's Health Month, a significant time to prioritize the well-being of our fathers, husbands, sons, brothers, and friends. During this month, let's commit to making small yet impactful changes that contribute to our overall health. It is crucial to prioritize self-care and Men's Health Month serves as an ideal starting point.
AFC Urgent Care West Springfield aims to assist men with their health concerns by providing insights into the common health issues they may face and preventive care services to avoid these issues. Here are the top 5 health concerns to prioritize this men’s health month
1. Prostate Cancer and Testicular Cancer
Did you know that testicular cancer poses a risk for young men aged 15-34? Similar to breast self-examinations for women, men can start performing self-checks to detect any lumps or abnormalities. Early detection is key for timely treatment.
Prostate cancer, which primarily affects older men, often remains undiagnosed until it reaches an advanced stage. Regular check-ups with a urologist can significantly prevent the progression of this type of cancer. Prostate cancer stands as the second leading cause of death among men in the United States. Let's not become another statistic!
2. Heart Disease: Leading Cause of Male Mortality in the U.S.
Indeed, heart disease claims the top spot as the leading cause of death in men, severely impacting their day-to-day functioning. Men frequently have accompanying conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes that heighten the risk of developing heart disease. Simultaneously, heart disease can lead to heart attacks, strokes, eye problems, and organ failure.
We strongly urge men to prioritize their heart health to steer clear of this critical health condition.
3. Diabetes: A Silent Killer for Men
Diabetes closely trails heart disease as another leading cause of male mortality. It is a complex ailment that affects neurological health as well as blood vessels and nerves throughout the body. If left undetected or untreated, it can lead to heart failure, strokes, heart attacks, kidney disease, amputations, and other complications.
4. Low Testosterone: Impacting Men as They Age
Low testosterone is a commonly overlooked men's health issue. While some perceive it as an inevitable consequence of aging, low testosterone is actually associated with other health concerns such as diabetes, obesity, and the aftermath of testicular cancer (resulting in testicle loss).
Routine check-ups and blood work enable you to stay informed about your testosterone levels and optimize your overall functioning.
5. Workplace Injuries: Prevalent Among Men
Are men inherently attracted to danger, or does danger seem to follow them in the workplace? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there exists a significant gender disparity in terms of work-related injuries and illnesses, with 60% of men affected compared to 40% of women.
The type of work men engage in contributes to increased health risks. The BLS report highlights sprains, lacerations, slips and falls, and vehicular accidents as some of the most common workplace injuries sustained by men.
AFC Urgent Care West Springfield: Assisting Men in Preventive Care
Sustained an injury at work? Or perhaps it's time for a routine check-up to evaluate your diabetes status? Your health risks deserve attention, and AFC Urgent Care West Springfield is here to support you, man.
We operate seven days a week, providing routine check-ups, health screenings for conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Additionally, we offer workers' compensation services to aid men affected by work-related injuries and illnesses.
Our doors are open for walk-ins, and appointments can also be scheduled online. Take a proactive step towards your health, and let us take care of you. Furthermore, we provide the added convenience of online payment, allowing you to seamlessly manage the check-in and check-out procedures with maximum efficiency by quickly completing a few clicks.