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Rae-Ann Tucker-Marshall
Henry-Stark Health Department
Aug. 19, 2013 10 a.m.

It's not just good luck and good genes that lead to a healthy life. Research shows

that our actions have a big say in the matter, too. Many major health

problems that affect men and boys are preventable through lifestyle changes,

early detection, and treatment.

The Henry County Health Department is focusing

on these top tips for men maintain good health and long lives.

*Get routine exams and screenings. Ask your doctor how often you need

to be examined. Ask about screening tests for certain diseases and

conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes,

sexually transmitted infections, and certain types of cancer.

*Get enough sleep. It can affect your mood and your health.

*Eat healthy. Nutritious foods give you energy and may lower your risk

of certain diseases.

*Stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can raise your

risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

*Get moving. Regular exercise is one of the most important things you

can do for your health. Find out how much physical activity you need.

*Be smoke-free. Smoking is linked to many of the leading causes of

death, including cancer, lung disease, and stroke. If you smoke, quit today!

*Avoid heavy drinking, which can lead to many problems, including high

blood pressure, various cancers, psychological problems, and accidents.

*Manage stress. Balancing work and family obligations can be

challenging. But it's important to protect your mental and physical health.

Find healthy ways to cope with stress.

The Health Departments note that as many people consider health care

today; the ideas of prevention and early detection of disease will become

increasingly important. To illustrate this point the Department staff notes

the following statistics:

* Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, afflicting 1 out of

every 11 American men and killing 34,000 men every year.

* If prostate cancer is detected early it can be treated effectively,

but early prostate cancer has no symptoms.

* Significant numbers of male related health problems; such as prostate

cancer, testicular cancer, and colon cancer could be detected and treated if

men's awareness of these problems was more pervasive.

* Appropriate use of tests such as Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

exams, blood pressure screenings, cholesterol checks, etc., in conjunction

with clinical examination can result in the detection of many of problems in

their early stages and increase survival rates to nearly 100%.

The Department reminds residents that they offer the PSA blood test for

the nominal fee of $30. In addition, some health insurane providers can be

billed when credentialed by the Health Department. Please feel free to

contact the Department to inquire if we are a preferred provider for your

insurance. The PSA blood testing is open to all men ages 40-64; or any men

younger who have a first degree family member (father/brother/son) who has

been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. No fasting is necessary for this

screening. Test results will be sent by mail to participants and their

physicians. Appointments for the blood draws may be made by calling the

Health Department at 852-5272 (Kewanee Office) or 792-4011 (Colona Office).

For more information on Health Department men's health services call

(309) 852-5272 visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on

Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments

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