Happy Father’s Day!
How are you celebrating Father’s Day this weekend? Are you treating dad to a nice dinner out, spending a day at the park or beach, or simply relaxing at home? No matter what you’re doing to celebrate, Father’s Day is a time to acknowledge all the awesome things about the husband, father, or grandfather in your life. Along with buying him a cool watch or that fancy grill he’s been coveting, a great way to celebrate Father’s Day is to learn more about the health and injury risks that men face.
Health Risks For Men
Health-wise, they are certain diseases that only affect men, or tend to predominantly affect men over women. Among these are genetic diseases like Kleinfelter Syndrome, which affects people born with an extra X chromosome, and hemophilia, which damages the body’s ability to form blood clots, leading to heavy bleeding. Prostate cancer is also a male-specific disease. It is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in men, contributing to 27,000 deaths every year. Similarly, testicular cancer causes about 380 deaths every year. Like other forms of cancer, prostate and testicular cancer can be prevented through routine tests. A prostate exam probably isn’t something any man wants to think about on Father’s Day, but routine exams can be life-saving.
Higher Injury Rates
Men also have a higher injury risk than women. If you know an adrenaline-craving, risk-taking man, you might be rolling your eyes right now and saying “well, of course!” But this stereotype might actually be true — and it results in thousands of accidents and fatalities every year.
- The car accident death rate for male drivers and passengers between the ages of 15 and 19 is two times more than the death rate for females
- Men are 3.7 times more likely than women to unintentionally drown
- Men have a higher rate of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Seven out of every ten people who sustain fireworks-related injuries are men
In the workplace, the injury statistics are similar. Male workers made up about 53.7% of the workforce, yet sustain around 92% of the injuries.
In order to prevent injuries like these, men don’t have to cut down on any of the fun! But they should remember to take basic safety precautions, like wearing a helmet or seatbelt. Safety is important for all genders, but after looking at these statistics, it’s clear that men might need to be a little more careful.
This Father’s Day, give the gift of promoting awareness of men’s health and safety issues! A simple test or safety tip could save a life, and ensure that there will be many more Father’s Day celebrations to come!
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