June is Men’s Health Month. Men’s Health Month heightens the awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and disease treatment among men and boys. This month is an opportunity for healthcare providers and individuals to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The Centers for Disease Control reports in 1920, women lived, on average, one year longer than men. Now, men die almost five years earlier than women.

According to the CDC women are 100 percent more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men. Men also die at a higher rate than women from the top 10 causes of death and are victims of more than 92 percent of workplace deaths.

The top causes for death among men in the United States are heart disease, cancer, injuries, stroke and suicide. The CDC says depression and suicide is very high among boys and men, as depression typically goes undiagnosed, but men are four times more likely to commit suicide. Boys ages 15 to 19 are three times more likely to commit suicide than girls that same age, and older men, ages 65 and older, are 30 times more likely to commit suicide than older women.

In 2003, the New York Times published these interesting statistics on the difference between men and women:


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