On June 17, father figures will be celebrated and thanked for all they do. June is also the month designated to raise Men’s Cancer/Health Awareness and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Since it was passed by Congress in 1994, National Men’s Health Week. It is observed every year during the week of June that ends on Father’s Day. Besides raising men’s health awareness during June, this month also aims to encourage men to schedule regular health check-ups and seek early treatment for disease and injury.
The cancers that most frequently affect men are prostate, colon, lung, and skin cancers. Knowing about these cancers and how they can be prevented or found early can save your life.
The American Cancer Society suggests these actions to take control of your health and reduce your cancer risk.
- Stay away from tobacco.
- Stay at a healthy weight.
- Get moving with regular physical activity.
- Eat healthy foods; including plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Limit how much alcohol you drink (if you drink at all).
- Protect your skin.
- Know yourself, your family history, and your health risks.
- Have regular check-ups and cancer screening tests.
- Make a testicular exam part of a routine cancer-related checkup.
Do you want to raise Men’s Health Awareness? Designate a “Wear Blue Day” to help spread the knowledge of Men’s Health Month. Choose any day that works for your group. Choose blue accessories, head-to-toe blue work attire, or blue prostate cancer pins to wear in support of the fight against prostate cancer.
Throughout the year, the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Outreach Program provides a “Men’s Fellowship Breakfast” and cancer screenings. Check periodically at the Community Outreach Event website to see when the next breakfast or free screening event is scheduled. If you would like to talk with someone about cancer prevention, please call the Cancer AnswerLine™ at 800-865-1125 and one of our cancer nurses will help.
Continue learning about men’s cancers and prevention:
- Men’s Cancers
- Testicular cancer: Early detection is key
- Laws of Survivorship: One patient’s story of recovery after prostate cancer
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Men’s Health