June is Men’s Health month, Alexander Health Center would like to share information, encouraging all men to take control of their health, as good health habits now can lead to early detection of potential health problems down the road, and, even better, prevent future health problems. If you have any questions about information you have read, or maybe the information has made you think about other health concerns, please contact us at the AHC, and we will be happy to assist you. And remember, we are a year-round clinic, so you don’t need to wait until the fall semester to come see us and get checked out.

Wear blue on Friday, June 14

Testicular cancer

  • Most frequently diagnosed in men 20-34 years old.
  • Usually curable, at any stage.
  • Typically first sign is a lump in the testicle area.
  • Men have a 0.4% chance of developing testicular cancer, as opposed to 12.4% of a woman developing breast cancer.

Sexual health

  • Use condoms correctly every time.
  • Get to know your partner first and both of you get tested before having sex.
  • Limit number of sexual partners.
  • Don’t mix alcohol and drugs with sex.
  • If you are sexually active and have sex with men, get screened at least once a year for Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. All sexually active men with multiple partners should get tested for HIV annually.
  • Sexually active gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are at greater risk for contracting STDs.

Maintaining health

  • Add in healthy fats, like olive oil, and limit saturated fats like fries and nachos.
  • Take 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily, aim for three servings of calcium-rich food daily.
  • Get your vitamin D, supplement with at least 600 IU daily, and spend at least 30 minutes outside daily.
  • Get your iron in, typically can get it through iron-fortified cereal, leafy greens, or a handful of raisins daily.
  • Do 30 minutes of weight-bearing activity on most days of the week.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Limit alcohol use, no more than 2 drinks per day.

Get vaccinated

Safety and injury prevention

  • Injuries are the number one cause of death for men ages 20-29.
  • Always wear a seatbelt when riding in a car.
  • Always wear a helmet when on a bike or scooter of any kind.
  • Increase flexibility with stretching exercises, incorporate daily.