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Mens Health Awareness Month : June2019

Q1. What is Men’ health?

Men’s Health refer to a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, as experienced by men and not only merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Q2. What is happening or being done to put focus on Men’s Health?
Annually during the month of June focus is put on Men’s health with the aim of bringing awareness to health issues that affect men disproportionately and focuses on getting men to become aware of problems they may have or could develop, and gain the courage to do something about it. This year Men’s Health Week is commemorated during the week of 10-16 June 2019.

Q3. What is the theme/focus for Men’s Health Week 2019?

The focus for 2019 will be men's health by numbers. The focus will be looking at the key numbers that men need to know about their own health and at the statistics that policy-makers need to know including the impact of inequality and deprivation on men's health.

Q4. What are these important key numbers for men and policy-makers?

So the first number we need to know is 10: Men’s Health Week begins on 10th June and ends the 16th.
Furthermore, men should know:
-the 7 key numbers  &
-the 5 statistics that policy-makers and service-providers need to know if they're to reach men effectively.

A)The 7 Key numbers for men are:

  • 37 - a waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer(Healthy and nutritious diet)
  • 150 - men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week(running,sport,walking)
  • 5 - we should aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day.
  • 14 - maximum 14 units of alcohol a week.
  • 10 - cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers.
  • 120/80 - normal blood pressure.
  • 75 - 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men.

B)The 5 Key numbers for policy-makers and service providers:

  • 1 man in 5 dies before the age of 65
  • 2 men in 5 die before the age of 75
  • 3 out of 4 suicides are by men
  • Men in unskilled work are 3 times more likely to take their own lives than men in senior management
  • The richest men live on average 10 years longer than the least well-off men.

Q5. What is the importance of men’s health awareness?

  • Early detection and prevention of diseases
  • To be informed about health related issues

Q6. What is your responsibility as a man?
You should visit your health care provider even if you feel healthy. The purpose of these visit is to:

  • Screen for medical issues  e.g high blood pressure, high cholesterol,
  • Assess your risk for future medical problems
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle
  • Update vaccination
  • Help  you get to know your providers in case of illness

Q7. What tests should men do to?
Men need to be pro-active about their health and should recognise warning signs:

  • We encourage monthly testicular self-examination from age 15 to 49 each month
  • Annual medical check-up’s and cancer screening for early detection as signs and symptoms.
  • Routine Prostate Specific Antigen ( PSA) testing age 40 for all men
  • Colorectal cancer early detection and screening by means of a colonoscopy by starting at age 50 and repeated every 10 years depending on the individual’s risk factor.
  • Lung cancer smoking accounts for the majority of preventable lung cancers.
  • Other cancer affecting men such as Penile and Anal cancer more than 30 to 40 types of HPV are typically transmitted through sexual contact.

Q8. What are the benefits of men who are living a healthy life?

  • Disease prevention
  • Injury prevention
  • Increased energy
  • Healthy weight
  • Good mental health
  • You set a good example for your loved one’s
  • You can reach your dreams.



Programme is brought To you by The Northern Cape Provincial Department Of Health


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