It’s Men’s Health Week and an important time to emphasize men’s health issues, especially those that are preventable, and how early detection can be crucial. Men rank tops in avoiding their health issues, according to a Cleveland Clinic survey. In fact, more than 40% of men say they only go to the doctor when they think they have a serious medical condition, and more than half say ‘health’ isn’t something they talk about.
Statistics show that about 29,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Westchester County annually. One out of two men and one out of three women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime. When receiving a diagnosis or unexpected news, such as a cancer diagnosis, most men will continue to focus on their home and work responsibilities instead of the diagnosis. But there is no way to easily “shut cancer out” and turn your attention elsewhere.
A study conducted by The Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that in a men’s group for prostate cancer, the focus of the discussion was on information. In contrast, the focus of an all-female breast cancer support group was talking about feelings and encouraging one another. Men don’t always have an easy time expressing their emotions. Here’s why:
Gilda’s Club Westchester provides free programs that serve to complement medical care. All of the counseling and activities are offered free to anyone living with cancer, as well as their family and friends. For more information, contact (914) 644-8844; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://gildadev.wpengine.com/i-am-a-person-with-cancer-4/.