Men's Health Resources
Its never too early to get information that can save your life or keep you healthy! For that reason the FIT/UCE EAP wants to remind you that June 14th June 20th is National Men's Health Week (NMHW). First signed into law by President Clinton on May 31, 1994, NMHW is celebrated each year during the week leading up to and including Fathers Day. Its purpose is to increase awareness about the benefits of early detection and treatment of health problems affecting men and boys. Recognizing and preventing men's health problems is not just a mans issue. Because of its impact on wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, men's health is truly a family issue. (Congressional Record, H3905-H3906,May 24, 1994.)
The FIT/UCE Employee Assistance Program wants to encourage employees, both male and female, to become active participants in their own health care. We would like to remind you that we are available to confidentially discuss your concerns, help you locate necessary referrals, and devise a proactive plan to ensure good health for you and your loved ones.
Despite much media attention about the importance of taking charge of your health, surveys have shown that men are still more reluctant to seek help for medical and mental health problems than women. Yet they die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death. A 2001 study from The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, showed that women were 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. According to statistics compiled by the Men's Health Network, depression in men is often undiagnosed, contributing to the fact that men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women. Men are socialized from an early age to not ask for help, to hold feelings in, and to think they should be able to handle it.
It is estimated that at least six million men suffer from depression. Their way of experiencing it may differ from women, in that they are more likely to acknowledge feelings of fatigue, irritability, loss of interest in work and hobbies, and describe feelings of sleeplessness. On the other hand, women often describe feelings of sadness, worthlessness and excessive feelings of guilt.
The importance of recognizing conditioning, resistances, fears, and excuses for taking proper care of oneself physically and emotionally cannot be taken too lightly. Information is power and potentially life saving. How much do you really know about signs and symptoms of depression? What are signs and symptoms of prostate cancer? Low testosterone? Heart disease? We invite you to take the Time Out For Men's Health Quiz and see if you, or someone close to you, have any potential problems that need further attention. Remember the FIT/UCE EAP is available for confidential consultation to assist you in developing an action plan to keep you healthy, as well as coping more effectively with whatever health challenges you may encounter.
The Men's Health Network, the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association suggest the following screening guidelines.
In your 20s:
- complete physical every two to four years
- blood pressure check every two years
- screening for cancers of the thyroid, testicles, lymph nodes, mouth and skin every three years
- cholesterol test for total and HDL (the good kind) every five years
- testicular self exam
In your 30s, all of the above, plus:
- a complete physical every two years
In your 40s, all of the above, plus:
- complete physical every year
- prostate specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectum exam (DRE) every year, if you're in a high risk group
- cancer tests every year
In your 50s, all of the above, plus:
- a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy (for colon cancers) every three to five years
- a stool test (for colon or rectal cancers) every three to five years
- a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal exam (DRE) test every year
Healthfinder - a free gateway to reliable consumer health information developed by
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Healthfinder can lead you to selected
online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help
groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce
reliable information for the public
MEDLINEplus - MedlinePlus provides access to extensive information about specific diseases and conditions and also has links to consumer health information from the National Institutes of Health, dictionaries, lists of hospitals and physicians, health information in Spanish and other languages, and clinical trials. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus
Men's Health - This web site links to information from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) about men's health issues.
Real Men. Real Depression - On this web site you will learn about depression in men,
the signs and symptoms of depression, treatment and getting help, and personal stories
from men suffering from depression.
Men's Health Center (Copyright MFMER) - This web site helps you find information on
health issues key to men, including prostate health, sexual health, STDs and fertility.
National Men's Health Week - Men's Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father's Day. The purpose of Men's Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. http://www.menshealthweek.org
Men's Health Network
Men and Depression
National Institute for Mental Health
Anxiety, Stress and Men
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, OPHS, HHS
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, HHS - http://www.niddk.nih.gov/
National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, HHS - http://www.nimh.nih.gov
National Institute on Aging, NIH, HHS - http://www.nia.nih.gov/
National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, HHS - http://www.nida.nih.gov
National Institutes of Health, OPHS, HHS - http://www.nih.gov/
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - http://www.samhsa.gov/
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