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June is Men's Health Month, and Men's Health Week will be observed June 13–19, which makes this a good time to learn about the biggest threats to men's health and what you can do to keep yourself healthy.
Two of the leading causes of death for men in the U.S. are heart disease and cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that healthy lifestyle choices can reduce your risk for both.
Heart disease encompasses a range of conditions that affect your heart, including blood vessel disease, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems, or arrhythmias; congenital heart defects; and heart valve disease.
You can reduce your risk of heart disease by:
The three most common cancers for men in the U.S. are prostate, lung and colorectal, according to the National Cancer Institute. Treatment for certain cancers can affect your sexuality, causing a range of signs and symptoms that can make sex with your partner more difficult.
You can reduce your risk of prostate cancer by:
You can reduce your risk of lung cancer by:
You can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by:
The pattern is clear, but it may seem overwhelming. You may not know where to begin, or how much difference a few small steps can make. Take control of your health by talking with your health care team about your lifestyle and health history. Then get serious about reducing your risk.