Men’s Health Week was signed into law in the mid 1990s and since then it’s become a wonderful opportunity for men, boys, and those who love them to learn about men’s health and to encourage those same folks to take on a greater role in their own healthcare.
Last year, I came across a wonderful infographic sent to me by the good folks at the online nursing program at Georgetown University. It summed up many of the health issues men and boys face. Sadly, while there have been some advances, we still aren’t where we need to be–as men and as a society. So here’s that infographic again. Even if you’ve seen it before, it’s well worth a second (and third and fourth) look. If you haven’t seen it, you’re in for a treat (or a shock, depending on your point of view).
For example, did you know that two thirds of men say they wouldn’t get help from a medical professional if they had chest pain or shortness of breath–two of the biggest heart attack warning signs? And when was the last time you (or a man you love) saw a doctor? For 7 million of us, it’s been… wait for it… more than 10 years.There are plenty more sobering statistics in the terrific infographic (see the next page)