What’s That Saying About Prevention, again?

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Prevention. This should be a 2018 buzzword – for men.

Are you like the thousands of men who avoid going to the doctor because you’re “too busy,” or simply because you just don’t want to deal? Well, here are some reasons that may help change the way you see your own health prevention.

So many studies have been done showing that men do not want to go the doctor’s office – even when they are feeling symptoms of “something” – mainly because they fear what the doctor may say, or worse, find. According to an article published in PreventDisease.com, “Men duck doctors when sick and avoid checkups when well.”

Yet, prevention really is key.

Did you know that you have higher cure rates the earlier something is found? The National Cancer Institute states that “Cancer prevention is action taken to lower the chance of getting cancer. By preventing cancer, the number of new cases in a group or population is lowered. Hopefully, this will lower the number of deaths caused by cancer.” In men, prostrate prevention and screenings are of paramount importance in men’s health – similar to how breast cancer prevention and screenings are in women’s health.

Men of racial and ethnic groups also need to pay special attention to certain health issues that may put them at higher risk, such as: diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. For example, an article published in Ebony.com states that “African-American men are 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease than White males; and 3.7 million of all African-Americans 20 or older have diabetes.” For Hispanic men, the CDC cites “poorly uncontrolled high blood pressure” as well as “higher risk of death” from “cancer to chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.”

Take it from Benjamin Franklin – “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”