That’s right – July is Men’s Health Month! So, if you’re a man, or you’re a wife, mother, sister, daughter or friend of a man, now is the time to take action about men’s health. Many men suffer from illnesses that could have been prevented or cured if they had been more aware of their health risks or if symptoms were detected early on. This is why, every July, medical institutions and men’s health activists in the United States and, now, many other countries, as well, do their best to raise awareness about men’s health issues and even hold fundraisers and free check-up and screening events.
So, what can you can you do to be part of Men’s Health Month? Well, if your area is hosting any men’s health activities, you can check them out and see if you can benefit from them or help out in some way. If you are a guy, now is the time to take advantage of any free medical check-ups or tests institutions in your area may be offering. And if you know someone who drags their feet when it come to getting medical help, now is a good time to urge them on so that they can get a clean bill of health if they really are that healthy or find out if there are any areas of their health that they need to improve or work on.
If your city doesn’t have any free check-ups or men’s health events near you, you should still use this opportunity as a reminder to get any tests or check-ups you may have been putting off and asking your doctor any health questions you may have wanted to ask but never really got around to. Many men don’t visit their doctor’s as regularly as they should because of their hectic work schedules, and also because a lot of men feel that they can just “walk off” whatever aches, pains or health problems they may experience. But, early detection can help to improve the chances of recovery for many diseases and can even help to prevent more serious complications if the condition goes on unchecked.
If you’ve done all you can for your own health, another way that you can get involved is to be sure that other men know about the health risks they may be susceptible to. You can do this by doing your part to raise awareness. If there are Men’s Health Month events in your area, find out if you can participate or help in some way. If there aren’t any, you can even organize your own events! There are a number of different events you can get involved in, such as fundraisers like bakesales, fun runs, and “Blue” parties where every dresses in blue. You can also coopt with your local medical institutions and find out if it’s possible to host men’s health seminars or free check-ups, if they aren’t doing these things already.
However you choose to be involved, what matters is that you can take action and maybe even save your own life or the lives of others. They say that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure and the best way to prevent any disease is to be aware of it and informed about it so that you can protect yourself and those you love.
Tony is a content contributor for the Accessrx.com research section
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