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June is Men's Health Month

June 3, 2015 - Back in 1920, men lived longer than women by an average of one year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But today, the average woman lives six years longer than the average man. Furthermore, men are 60% more likely to develop heart disease than women, and men are 44% more likely to get cancer. According to the Men’s Health Network, this is because men are less likely to adopt preventative health measures and are more likely to engage in risky behaviors. Men are also more likely to go long periods of time without seeing a doctor.

Aches, pains and discomfort are just something most men try to power through. Many don’t want to see a doctor just to hear what’s wrong with them. The most important things men can do to help prevent disease and premature death is to eat healthy, be physically active, maintain a healthy weight, not smoke, only drink in moderation, and manage stress. These small daily choices add up to big results!

In addition to striving to be healthy every day, one of the most important decisions a man can make is to see a doctor for routine check-ups and screenings. Many of the major health risks that men often face, like heart disease and colon cancer, can be prevented and even treated with an early diagnosis. Doctors regularly screen for unhealthy blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, mental health, and weight.

Men’s Health Network recommends the following simple, lifesaving screenings:

  • Yearly Physical & Blood Pressure (All Men)
  • Skin Cancer Exam (All Men)
  • Blood Panel to Check Cholesterol, Diabetes, Kidney, and Thyroid (Men 20 and Older)
  • Blood Panel with a Prostate Cancer Screening (Men 50 and Older*)
  • Colonoscopy to Check for Colon Cancer (Men 45 and Older)

If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the doctor for a routine physical, pick up the phone and schedule a visit. Bingham Memorial has expert physicians in heart health, weight loss, mental health, diabetes, internal medicine and more. And with offices in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Shelley, we have a physician office near you.

Give us a call at 785-4100 to meet with an experienced doctor who can help you, or your loved one, live a longer, healthier life. Or visit


Return to Health Matters for Women, June 2015 Edition