It’s important for men to maintain their health. Healthy lifestyle choices such as physical activity, no smoking, reduction of alcohol intake, and health eating/diet can help prolong long-term health and wellness.
Men are at risk for several chronic diseases and types of cancer. Thus, it’s important to follow up with a health provider and consult on screenings and specific tests.
Here are a few tips ro promoting wellness in men:
- Take preventative health care measures like checkups and screenings
- Talk to your health care provider
- Get a prostate exam
- Get hormonal levels checked (i.e. testosterone)
- Destroy gender myths. Men can also get depression and feel emotional. Do not let harmful gender norms discourage you from seeking help
Black Men's Health: Wellness and Prevention
It’s important to acknowledge the health disparities among Black men. Research is limited when it comes to the health of Black men.
- Black men are 30% more likely to die from heart disease
- Black men are 60% more likely to die from stroke than non-Hispanic white men
- Black men are 75% less likely to have health insurance than white men
- Black men are more than 9x more likely to die from AIDS
- Black men are 50% more likely to develop prostate cancer in their lifetime and twice as likely to die from the disease.
- Black men are also more likely to get colorectal cancer and die from the disease.
These reasons for these alarming statistics are multifactorial, including socioeconomic factors (institutionalized racism), environmental factors, etc.
Yearly Physical Exam
As part of your yearly physical exam, the health care provider will exam your penis, scrotum, and testicles for any abnormalities and screen for colon cancer. It’s also important to get tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Ask your health care provider if it’s a part of the regular exam and, if not, request it.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is common among men. About 30% of men ages 40-70 have trouble achieving or maintaining erection.
The causes of ED can physical, psychological, or a combination of both.
It’s important to note that ED and heart disease are linked. ED can be an early warning sign for cardiovascular disease (CVD).
ED is also linked to diabetes, particularly type II diabetes. Talk to your health care provider regarding your sexual health.
Risk factors of ED:
- Medical conditions (heart disease, diabetes, etc.)
- Tobacco use
- Certain medical treatments and medications
- Drug use and alcohol
- Stress, anxiety, and depression
Cancer Information for Men
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.
Testicular cancer is not common: about 1 in every 250 males will develop testicular cancer during their lifetime.
The American Cancer Society estimates for 2021: 9,470 new cases of testicular cancer and 440 deaths from testicular cancer.
The average age of diagnosis of testicular cancer is 33 years; 6% of cases occur in children and teens.