Taking Care of Men in Our Community

June 15, 2011 by gfmhm
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Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country every June to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys in the area.

Facts about Men’s Health

Alarming statistics show that men’s health nationwide is at great risk. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), on average, men die almost 6 years younger than women and suffer higher mortality rates for the top causes of death.

Research shows that:

●       Women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventative services than men.

●       Men do not see physicians for a physical exam nearly as often as women

●       Men are dying from the top 10 causes of death at higher rates than women and are the victims of over 92% of workplace deaths.

●       Men are more likely to be uninsured than women

●       Approximately 30,000 men in the US die each year from prostate cancer

Men’s role in the workplace is also partly to blame.  In rural areas, men likely to work in agriculture and are less likely than women to take time off from work for health related issues.  Men feel compelled to ignore their own physical and mental health needs to put in a “Full Work Week”, knowing that if they take time off for anything but a health emergency, they lose workplace status or wages.

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital wants to remind the men in our area of our Same-Day Surgery Services which can help you get back in the game with less down time.  Keeping the men in our communities healthy is our priority.

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