TRICARE Honors Men’s Health Month

6/17/2014

This June shift your focus towards raising the awareness of men’s health issues, and celebrate the men in your life this Men’s Health Month! 

There are many health issues that affect men that are preventable if detected early. Prostate cancer is one of those health issues. Prostate cancer is now the most common type of cancer among American men. Additionally, because most prostate cancers grow slowly, and do not cause early signs or symptoms, this type of cancer can go undetected.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer in the U.S. Men should get screened for precancerous polyps (abnormal growths in the colon or rectum) in order to have them removed before they turn into cancer. Some men may be at a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer, and should talk to their doctor about early screenings.

Men’s Health Month also aims to raise awareness about heart health. The number one cause of death for men in the United States is heart disease. Half of the men who experience loss of heart function through sudden cardiac death have no previous symptoms. It is important to know that even if you don’t have symptoms, you can still be at risk for heart disease.

Men should speak with their doctor about any health questions or concerns that they have.  They should also get regular screenings for the following:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Hyper tension (blood pressure and cholesterol tests)
  • Diabetes 
  • Kidney or thyroid dysfunction

With early detection and treatment, many of these diseases are preventable. TRICARE covers clinical preventive services for all beneficiaries. Find information about specific preventive services at www.tricare.mil/PreventiveCare.

Last Updated 11/7/2014