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Celebrate men’s health in June

Healthy men make healthy fathers, brothers, uncles, partners, mentors and leaders. 

June is Men’s Health Month. For men and boys, it’s a time to:

  • Raise awareness about preventable health conditions.
  • Encourage early detection and treatment of disease.

We also use this as an opportunity to talk about the importance of physical well-being and behavioral health for men and boys. 

Men’s health is important to the city of Tacoma, too. On June 11, Mayor Victoria Woodards plans to proclaim June as Men’s Health Month in the city. 

Father and Son

Why do we focus on men’s health? 

Men are not as healthy as women on average. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the health disparity:  

  • Men, on average, die almost 5 years earlier than women.
  • Women are 100 percent more likely to go to the doctor for annual visits and preventative services than men.
  • Men die at a higher rate for most leading causes of death—heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries—than women. 

Behavioral health has a significant role in overall health. People with good behavioral health can navigate life, have positive relationships, and adapt to change. Men face challenges here, too. According to CDC, men are 4 times as likely to commit suicide as women. Men of color are at equal or greater risk for behavioral health problems. Gay, bisexual, and transgender men are also at increased risk of mental illness, a risk social stress magnifies. 

What can I do?

When’s the last time you saw your doctor? Schedule regular appointments with your healthcare provider. Healthy men are strong men. Improved community conditions enhance well-being, social connections, and behavioral and physical health. A few things you can do to get started:

  • Connect with others—Spend time with your family and friends to improve your health. 
  • Have open conversations—Talk about what’s on your mind. Listen to others. Being there for someone can be lifesaving. 
  • Know your numbers—At age 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer. If you’re of African or Caribbean descent or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, have the conversation at 45. 
  • Be familiar with your body—Get to know what’s normal for you. Go to the doctor if something doesn’t seem right. 
  • Move more—Get active. Do more of what makes you feel good. Physical activity reduces stress, hypertension, and diabetes.

Good health means better living, so your family and community can thrive. Make sure the men and boys you know make their physical and behavioral health a top priority.