Men’s Health Week was established to heighten awareness of preventable health problems that commonly effect men. Each June, this national observance gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice as well as early treatment for common diseases and injuries.
The importance of men’s preventive screenings
According to the Men’s Health Network, “Women are 100% more likely than men to visit the doctor for annual exams and preventive services.”1 In the U.S., over 27,000 men die each year from colorectal cancer2 and another 30,000 die each year from prostate cancer.3
Colon cancer alone has been reported to cost the U.S. $6.4 billion in lost wages and productivity;4 health care spend for the treatment of prostate cancer in the U.S. was estimated to be $12 billion in 2010.5 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, “Preventing disease is key to improving America’s health and keeping rising health costs under control.”6
Our wellness programs can help support you and your population
AmeriHealth Administrators’ health and wellness programs can help your bottom line by promoting positive behavioral changes through education and awareness. Our people, tools, and educational resources can help you support optimal health for your population.
Connect with an AmeriHealth Administrators representative or your broker to find out how better health awareness and education can lead to a better bottom line.
1 Men’s Health Month Facts 1 Flyer; menshealthmonth.org. Accessed: April 27, 2017. www.menshealthmonth.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/mens-health-month-flyer-facts-1.pdf
2 “Colorectal Cancer Statistics”; CDC. Updated: June 20, 2016. www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/statistics/
3 Men’s Health Month Poster 3; menshealthmonth.org. Accessed: April 27, 2017. www.menshealthmonth.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/menshealthmonth3.pdf
4 “Preventable Colon Cancer Deaths Cost The Economy $6.4 Billion”; NPR. Published: November 13, 2015. www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/11/13/455915904/preventable-colon-cancer-deaths-cost-the-economy-6-4-billion
5 “Cancer costs projected to reach at least $158 billion in 2020”; National Institutes of Health. Published: January 12, 2011. www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/cancer-costs-projected-reach-least-158-billion-2020
6 “Preventive HealthCare”; CDC. Published: Updated: June 12, 2013. www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/toolstemplates/entertainmented/tips/preventivehealth.html