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June is Men’s Health Month

Men's Health Month

Did you know that more than 700,000 men are diagnosed with cancer and nearly 300,000 die from the disease every year. During the course of a lifetime half of all men will get cancer at least once, and 1 in 3 women will get the disease. Cancer can strike anyone, at any age, but the majority of cases happen to people 55 and over.

The goal of Men’s Health Month is to encourage men to take action, become educated about the health conditions that impact them, and get the screenings they need to stay healthy.

The most common cancer’s men face, in order of prevalence, are:
  • Prostate
  • Lung
  • Colorectal
The following risk factors and behaviors increase your risk for all cancers:
  • Smoking (cigarettes, pipes, or cigars) or chewing tobacco
  • Drinking more than two alcoholic drinks per day
  • Having a family history of cancer
  • Being a cancer survivor
  • Being age 55 or older
  • Getting little or no exercise
  • Eating a high-fat, low-fiber diet
  • Being African-American

To learn how to reduce your risk for cancer, and to learn more about Men’s Health Month, visit