For Immediate Release
June 2, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

June is Men's Health Month

In honor of Men’s Health Month, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is encouraging men and boys to seek regular medical advice about prevention, early detection and treatment of disease. In 2009, Kansas men died 7.2 years younger than females and the death rate (age-adjusted) for males was 42.2 percent higher than the rate for females.

“Chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and arthritis are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems in the U.S.,” said Dr. Robert Moser, Secretary of KDHE. “Research shows that men do not see physicians for a physical exam nearly as often as women. Regular visits can lead to earlier detection. 
Four modifiable health risk behaviors are responsible for much of the illness, suffering and early death related to chronic diseases:

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