Focus on Men's Health Issues

As the basis for overall general health and well-being, the Men's Health Center of Wheeling Hospital was set-up as the community outreach arm of the Urologic Research Institute. Education programs concentrate on cancer awareness, screening and prevention and men's health issues. Annually, hundreds of prostate-specific antigen cancer screenings, total cholesterol and glucose checks for men are provided free-of-charge.

Public health forums and screenings are crucial given that seven out of ten Americans who haven't visited a doctor in the last five years are men. Women are 33 percent more likely to visit a physician than men. Men are less likely than women to be screened regularly for high blood pressure, cholesterol and cancers; to seek preventive care; and be tested for multiple disease states.

Men die younger than women; on average, women survive men by five years. Men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death (heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, accidents, pneumonia and influenza, diabetes, suicide, kidney disease, and chronic liver disease and cirrhosis).

Many causes of death are preventable and can be treated, if found early. Five of the top killers of men are: heart disease, stroke, suicide, prostate cancer and lung cancer.

  • Heart disease and stroke are the first and second leading causes of death worldwide in men. One in five men will die of cardiovascular disease before the age of 65. Men's stroke risk is 1.25 times greater than that of women. Family history, age and race also play a role in stroke risk.
  • Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men excluding skin cancer. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, following lung cancer.
  • According to the Men's Health Network, men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women which may be caused by undiagnosed depression. Depression is an emotional disturbance that affects that whole body and overall health. Sleep, appetite and energy levels are disturbed. Men are less likely to seek help for depression than women.
  • Tobacco products are responsible for 90 percent of lung cancer and 30 percent of all cancer deaths. Quitting smoking at any age reduces the risk of lung cancer.

Start reducing your health risks today: eat a healthy diet; control your weight; stop smoking; drink alcohol in moderation; protect your skin from the sun; manage stress; and schedule an annual check-up with your physician.

Men's Health Issues General Resources

Information concentrating on major health issues is available below. Links for additional topics are listed.

Prostate Cancer and PSA Screening
The who, want, when, and how of prostate cancer screening.Download Prostate Cancer and PSA Screening

Your Family Medical Tree
Some health conditions have a tendency to run in families, including prostate and breast cancer. It is important to track the history of your family's health in order to determine your own health risk.Download Your Family Medical Tree

Testicular Cancer Fact Sheet
What young men need to know, but are afraid to ask.Download The Testicular Cancer Fact Sheet

The Silent Health Crisis
Why do men, on average, die 5.1 years sooner than women?Download The Silent Health Crisis

Oral, Head and Neck Cancers
50 facts about oral, head and neck causes, symptoms, types, treatment and prevention.Download Oral, Head and Neck Cancers

Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age
Learn about which screening tests to get, whether you need medicines to prevent diseases, and steps you can take for good health.Download Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age

Ten Steps for Men to Enjoy a Fuller, Healthier Life
The basis for the Men's Health Center educational programs.Download the Ten Steps for Men to Enjoy a Fuller, Healthier Life

Five Steps to Safer Health Care
How to play a more active role with your primary care physician.Download Ten Steps for Men to Enjoy a Fuller, Healthier Life