Men, did you know that you have an entire month AND week dedicated to your health? Men’s Health Week (during Men’s Health Month in June) is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. Its goal is to increase awareness of preventable disease and encourage early intervention and treatment among men and boys.
So, now is the perfect time to consider one important aspect of men’s health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among American men, just behind lung and prostate cancer. Colon cancer is one of the few cancers that is preventable with routine screenings. Most men of average risk should schedule a colon screening at the age of 50, but some men should be screened earlier. Family history, obesity, poor diet, smoking, alcohol and family history of polyps all increase the risk of colon cancer. For these reasons, screenings are so important. Colon cancer is 90 percent preventable when discovered in the early stages, so colonoscopies can truly be life-saving screenings.
We all know that many men like watching TV more than reading, so how about watching an entertaining video series on colonoscopies? Check out Keeping Up with the Kolonoscopy with the Grant Family. It may not have all the drama of the Kardashians, but the Grants pack a lot of wisdom and wit in their five short episodes. Follow the story of John, husband and father, who has his first colonoscopy at 50. His light-hearted humor will keep a smile on your face as you get a virtual front-row seat for his colonoscopy procedure.
Do something good for the sake of your health during Men’s Health Month. Schedule a colonoscopy or other preventative screening that you have been avoiding. Good health begins with positive habits and choices today! And make someone’s day by sending them a link for Keeping up with the Kolonoscopy. It’s an easy and fun way to spread the word about the importance of this life-saving test.