Jefferson County, Colo. — It’s not just a stereotype — men are less likely than women to go to the doctor for their annual checkup. According to a 2016 Cleveland Clinic survey, only 60 percent of men see their doctor once a year. That same study reported that for about 20 percent of men, even when they did go see a doctor, it wasn’t because they were concerned about their health — it was because a loved one talked them into going.
June is Men’s Health Month, and it’s the perfect time for us to focus on the important health issues men face. The top causes of death for men in the U.S., including heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and stroke, are things that often times yearly doctor’s visits can detect and healthy lifestyles can help prevent.
To help make it easier for the many men who may have concerns about their health or seeing a doctor — and to make it easier for loved ones to start conversations with the guys in their lives — Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has put together a quick and easy guide detailing some things men can do to stay on top of their health.
About Jefferson County Public Health
Public health is what we as a society do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan through prevention, education and partnerships for all people. To learn more about JCPH, visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.