Written By
Sean Hughes

It’s Men’s Health Month, But Don’t Be “That” Guy

June is Men’s Health Month, which means, we’ve got some work to do… 

First things first: Don’t be “that” guy. Don’t be the guy who says, “I’m good…” or “I don’t need to do that…” or “It’s not bad enough to get checked out…” 

Let’s take this month to:  

  1. Set an example for young boys 
  2. Make sure we’re “good”  
  3. Ensure we’re both physically and mentally healthy 
  4. Get any potential issues checked out 

Men’s Health Month Statistics

According to the American Cancer Society:  

On top of that, the Centers for Disease Control shows:  

These numbers are pretty grim, but that’s why people all around the world are doing something about it! And with that, I have a very important question: 

How Will You Participate in Men’s Health Month?

It doesn’t matter if you believe you’re the pinnacle of health, a little check-up is always a good thing. No more toughing it out or ignoring glaring issues, this is our month to get heathier and stronger for ourselves and our families. See your doctor, get a physical, get some blood work done, and get checked out.

Encourage the men in your life to become more aware and help raise awareness. And if it’s your partner who’s participating, well, you might have to book those appointments and make him go (let’s be honest here). 

Here are some quick talking points we can all refer to in order to help raise awareness this Men’s Health Month and beyond…  

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States for men after lung cancer, and beating it requires early detection.  

You have a 98 percent chance of surviving prostate cancer beyond five years if it’s detected early. Unfortunately, only a 26 percent chance if it’s detected late.  

Doctors recommend your first prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening at 50 years old. If prostate cancer runs in your family, they recommend getting this screening between the ages of 40 and 45.  

It may be a moment at the doctor’s office we all dread, but it’s very important men get their prostates checked early and annually (depending on your doctor’s recommendation). 

Testicular Cancer

While most cancers affect older adults, testicular cancer is more commonly diagnosed in young men.  

The survival rate for testicular cancer is very high with 440 men passing away from the illness in 2021. However, that’s no reason to ignore the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer. 

Early detection requires a visit with your doctor as well as self-examinations to check for signs of testicular cancer. Of course, if you do find something abnormal, you should see your doctor immediately. 

Suicide Prevention

While many people suffer with depression and sadly, commit suicide, men account for 75% of all suicides in the United States. 

Although many of us know the importance of reaching out and speaking up when we need help or we think a loved one needs help, many of us don’t know the best way to approach someone who’s hurting. 

Now, here’s what we all can do to help…  

What You Can Do For Men’s Health Month 

Understanding why men’s health is so important and why we, as men, need to stop ignoring our issues or acting like we’re in control. To bring about more awareness to men’s health issues, here’s what you can do to turn those scary statistics around! 

Keep the Convo Going

I know, discussing topics like cancer and suicide prevention is uncomfortable, but it’s too important not to, right? The more we discuss it, the more we normalize these issues for both men and women. 

It might be cliched, but the fact is, we guys just don’t like talking about health issues or making doctor appointments.  But the more we all open up about these issues, the more we can have an impact. 

So, keep the convo going! Let the power of awareness be the cure. 

Focus on Weight Management

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to look and feel our best, consume high-quality nutrition, and move as much as possible each day. The goal being to get a little better each day than we were the day before. Part of that is weight management. 

Here are a few systems you can check out and even customize to fit your lifestyle: 

On top of that, we have quite a few fitness articles you can draw inspiration from and implement into your routine: 

Get Involved

Nonprofit organizations like the Men’s Health Network need donations in order to spread awareness, fund cancer organizations, and care for men struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. Every little bit counts and the cause is 100% worth it! 

You can also get involved directly with the ISA Foundation, where wellness education is a core tenant for charitable contribution. The Foundation works with various organizations around the world through donations and volunteering. You can donate directly to the ISA Foundation or, if you’re already a Customer, you can set up automatic contributions through your Back Office. 

Don’t Forget to Celebrate

Although Men’s Health Month is about very serious men’s health issues, don’t forget to see the big-picture, long-term benefits to your health! Too many people love you and are counting on you, so eat right, exercise, and get checked out. It’s worth the effort! 

In fact, we should all celebrate knowing men and women around the world are taking action and bringing awareness to Men’s Health Month each year.