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June is Men’s Health Month

June 3, 2019

June is Men’s Health Month

June 1 kicks off Men’s Health Month.  Men’s Health Month is dedicated to education and activities promoting the health and wellness of men and boys.


Did you know that men are dying an average of 5 years younger than women, and lead 9 out of 10 of the top causes of death?  Men are at greater risk for death in every age group.  Men have a higher suicide death rate than women.  Men account for 92% of fatal workplace injuries.


Men also do not see their Primary Care Provider (PCP) for a physical exam nearly as often as women.  Why?  Men give reasons such as, “I don’t have time,” “There’s probably nothing wrong,” or, “I can tough it out.”  The truth is there are no good reasons not to see the doctor, only excuses.


Shawnee Health Care’s Dr. Jeff Ripperda, MD, says, “The biggest issue facing men and men’s health is just getting men to go to the doctor in the first place.”  Men’s Health Month is the perfect time to schedule your annual physical.


Men are more likely to be uninsured than women.  If you are uninsured, Shawnee Health Service wants to help you get covered.  Our Navigators can help you enroll in coverage through the online system.  This service is free, and you do not have to be a patient of Shawnee Health Care to receive this service.  Call (844) 331-3069 to make an appointment with a Navigator.


Fathers, brothers, sons:  your families need you, and they need you to be healthy.  This month, we challenge you to take care of your health and make an appointment for your annual physical.  To make an appointment at Shawnee Health Care, call (618) 519-9200.


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