June 11-17: International Men's Health Week

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Men's Health Week

Next week marks the 13th year of International Men's Health Week, celebrated annually during the week preceding and including Father's Day to honor the importance of men's health and wellness.

Men's Health Week was chosen for this specific time of year to make use of the extra attention paid to male family members near the holiday.

Observers of Men's Health Week are sometimes seen wearing a blue ribbon as a symbol of their support for the fight against prostate cancer. However, problems affecting men's health extend far beyond prostate cancer and other commonly recognized men's illnesses.

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To help educate men and their families on how they can be more proactive regarding their personal health, U.S. Preventive Medicine, a company working to organize and advance a culture of prevention throughout America, today announced its list of the five most critical health conditions affecting men and the actions they must take in order to prevent a serious illness from occurring.

"It is crucial for men to take full control of their health, especially since men are typically less proactive about their health than women," said Dr. Boyd Lyles, Chief Medical Officer, of U.S. Preventive Medicine. "By taking preventive action at the recommended time, men can stay ahead of the curve and become more knowledgeable about health concerns, creating a greater opportunity to identify a potentially serious condition before it becomes life threatening."

Below is a list of five key conditions U.S. Preventive Medicine believes all men should screen against:

* Prostate Cancer

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