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    Consumer Health Tips: Men’s health

two smiling men standing together on a beach, one holding a football in one hand with the other arm around his friend's shouldersMen's health: Prevent the top threats
The biggest threats to men's health — which include heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke — often are preventable. Take control by talking with your health care provider about your risk factors for these conditions. Then, get serious about reducing your risk. Here's what you need to know to live a longer, healthier life.


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Does having a vasectomy increase your risk of prostate cancer?
You may have heard having a vasectomy increases your risk of prostate cancer. Learn what the research shows, and if you're concerned about your prostate cancer risk for other reasons, talk to your doctor about possible symptoms and screening tests.

What are the heart risks associated with testosterone therapy?
The connection between taking testosterone and an increased risk of heart disease isn't clear. Learn what researchers have found and about other possible risks of testosterone therapy.

Mental health: Overcoming the stigma of mental illness
Negative attitudes and beliefs about mental illness are common and can be harmful. Fear of others' reactions can be isolating for someone suffering from mental illness and can delay treatment. Here are some strategies and coping tips for overcoming the stigma of mental illness.

Save lives: Donate blood
Friday, June 16, is World Blood Donation Day. Millions of people need blood transfusions each year, whether during surgery, after an accident or because they have a disease that requires blood components. If you're a healthy adult, you can usually donate a pint of blood without endangering your health. Within 24 hours of a blood donation, your body replaces the lost fluids, and, after several weeks, your body replaces the lost red blood cells. Learn more about the life-giving gift of blood donation.

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