25 Startling Men’s Health Stats for Men’s Health Month

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Men's Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month, a time for healthcare providers and educators to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

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Across the country, health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individual people are encouraging men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. They are holding thousands of screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities as part of a Congressional health education program.

To support the goal of educating about men’s health, and encouraging proactive healthcare for men, here are 20 startling men’s health statistics.

Staying healthy

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1. Eating walnuts can help to prevent prostate cancer. (Source: UT Health Science Center) Tweet this!

2. 1 in 2 men are diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime compared to 1 in 3 women. (Source: American Cancer Society) Tweet this!

3. The median age of breast cancer diagnosis in men is 68. (Source: Komen Foundation) Tweet this!

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4. Women are 100% more likely than men to visit a doctor for annual exams. (Source: Men’s Health Network) Tweet this!

5. 81% of men remember the make & model of their first car. Barely half remember their last trip to the doctor. (Source: Yahoo Health) Tweet this!

6. Men are roughly 20 times more likely to be colorblind than women. (Source: NIH) Tweet this!

7. Men suffer hearing loss at 2 times the rate of women. (Source: Men’s Health Network) Tweet this!

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8. The average man brushes his teeth 1.9 times a day and will lose 5.4 teeth by age 72. (Source: Know Your Teeth) Tweet this!

9. Men with index fingers shorter than ring fingers are more likely to buy dinner on a date. (Source: Journal of Consumer Psychology) Tweet this!

10. Men who smoke can plan on losing 12 teeth by age 72. (Source: Know Your Teeth) Tweet this!

11. Causes of erectile dysfunction include heart disease, obesity, tobacco use, stress, and high cholesterol. (Source: Mayo Clinic) Tweet this!

12. Men are more likely to develop oral and throat cancer and periodontal (gum) disease than women. (Source: Know Your Teeth) Tweet this!

Staying alive

13. Prostate cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in men. (Source: Roper St Francis) Tweet this!

14. Men make up ~55% of the workforce, but account for 92% of all workplace deaths. (Source: Roper St Francis) Tweet this!

15. Lack of preventative care means men die on average almost 5 years earlier than women. (Source: American Psychological Association) Tweet this!

16. Each year over 230,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 30,000 will die from it. (Source: Men’s Health Resource Center) Tweet this!

Staying happy

17. One neurological study of infants indicates boys and girls have the same capacity for empathy. (Source: Huffington Post) Tweet this!

18. 1 in 3 new dads are concerned about mental health problems. (Source: NCT) Tweet this!

19. The 3rd most common reason men don’t seek mental health help is they think they can handle the problem on their own. (Source: SAMHSA) Tweet this!

20. Masculinity is negatively correlated with a willingness to take medication to improve mental health. (Source: Psychology of Men & Masculinity) Tweet this!

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21. Stroke is 30% more common among Hispanic men. (Source: Minority Health) Tweet this!

22. Diabetes is 1.5 times more common among African American men. (Source: Office of Minority Health) Tweet this!

23. Diabetes is 1.8 times more common among American Indian and Alaska Native men. (Source: Office of Minority Health) Tweet this!

24. Diabetes is 1.2 times more common among Asian American men. (Source: Office of Minority Health) Tweet this!

25. Obesity is 1.3 times more prevalent among  6-11 year old African American & Latino boys than same-age white boys. (Source: Office of Minority Health) Tweet this!

And to take the education one step further, here are some resources for learning more about men’s health, and staying on top of preventative care:

What does your practice to do promote men’s health? Any of these stats surprise you? Let us know in the comments!

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