Spotlight on Men’s Health

Increasing awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys is an important topic year-round. Following up on Men’s Health Month, this infographic reminds us that by raising awareness, advancing health education, and recognizing culturally influenced behaviors, each of us can help improve men’s health.

Men live shorter lives with a lower average quality of life than women.

Men are...

Top 10 Causes of Death in American Men

Men are less likely to have health coverage and to take advantage of health care resources when compared to women.

More than half of all premature deaths among men are preventable.

Simple steps to improve our health

Get it Checked!

The following chart tells you when and how often doctors suggest men take these preventative tests.

Blood Tests and Urinalysis

Screens for diseases such as cholesterol, diabetes, and kidney or thyroid dysfunction before symptoms occur

TB Skin Test

Should be done on occasion of exposure or suggestive symptoms

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can cause damage to body organs.

Rectal Exam

Screens for hemorrhoids, lower rectal problems, colon and prostate cancer

Colorectal Health

Examines the rectum, sigmoid, and descending colon for early signs of cancer

Testosterone Screening

Checks for low testosterone

Bone Health

Bone mineral density test

PSA Blood Test

Tests levels of Prostate Specific Antigen for infection, enlargement, or cancer

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually active adults at risk for STDs should be screened regularly

Physical Exam

Overall health status report

Hemoccult

Screens stool for early signs of polyps or colon cancer

Chest X-Ray

Detects lung cancer and should be considered among smokers over the age of 45

EKG

Screens for heart abnormalities

This infographic is meant for informational purposes only, not for health guidance. Consult a healthcare professional with all health-related questions. Created in June 2012.

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