INTERNATIONAL MEN'S MONTH

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Celebrate International Men's Month June 1-30 by learning about a different men's issue each day. See "Today" at Menstuff.org . International Men's Health Week is June 9-15, 2008. Subscriptions are free via e-mail at menstuff-html-subscribe@topica.com . It's a great way to start the day!

A bill was introduced in Congress several years ago to create an Office of Men's Health within the Department of Health and Human Services. The office would collect data and disseminate information on a variety of diseases that may kill many men. It would essentially do what the existing Office on Women's Health does: work to spread the information that helps people manage their health. It is estimated that 700,000 men will die unnecessarily each year waiting for Congress to act.

Seven out of eleven adults visiting doctors are women - despite the fact that men die five years earlier than women.

Health Problems Women/Men: Mentally retarded - 2/3; Autistic 3/4; Hyperactive child 1/6-9; Bed-wetters at age 5 - 3%/7%; Stutterers 1/3; Depression 2/1; Suicide attempts 4/1; Successful Suicides 1/4.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men in the United States.

Men are 30 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than women.

Nearly 85% of lung cancers in men worldwide are related to smoking.

Nearly 33% of cancer deaths might have been prevented through dietary changes.

Since 1974, men have experienced a 48 percent increase in cases of melanoma.

One in six men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in their life-time. That's 218,890 new cases in 2007 including 27,050 deaths.

One in eleven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life-time. However, breast cancer is not specific to females: 2,030 new cases are expected in men in 2007 including 450 deaths.

Around 7,920 young men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2007 and 380 will die. An additional 1,280 men will be diagnosed with Penis and other genital cancers of which 290 will die.

The most sexually active men had a 50 percent lower mortality rate than the least sexually active men.

Men who watch television for three or more hours per day are twice as likely to be obese as men who watch for less than an hour.

Men who consume between two and six drinks per week have nearly half the risk of death as men who consume two or more drinks per day.

Men and teen boys represent 75-80% of successful suicides.

Think About It!

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