The pink ribbon has been around for decades as a symbol of support for women’s breast cancer awareness and to fund its research. It is also well known that October is breast cancer awareness month. Now, there is also a Wear Blue theme supporting men’s health issues during the month of June.
Since its inception in 1994, June has been promoted as National Men’s Health Month, though it doesn’t seem to have gained as much attention as the October promotion. I would love to see this change since men are not as diligent about their health care as women are.
Choose Your Own Wear Blue Day
This year, Friday, June 15th was the official Wear Blue Day, however don’t let the fact that you missed it stand in your way. You can select any day during the month of June or any other day of the year and designate that day as a Wear Blue Day in your office. This shows support for the health and wellbeing of the men in your life – your fathers, friends, colleagues, brothers, husbands, boyfriends and bosses.
The “Wear Blue” is a national campaign that encourages all men and women alike to wear something blue or a blue ribbon to show support of men’s health initiatives and to remember the many men that have died due to prostate cancer and other preventable diseases.
Save The Men
We’ve gone through so many campaigns to save species from becoming endangered. I’m sure you remember the much touted “save the whales” campaign. Well, men are not in danger of becoming extinct, however, it would be a gift of sorts to turn our attention to men’s health for a day during the month of June.
Men may not think they need a Health Awareness Month. Being machismo, we men often think we don’t need any kind of help. But when you take into consideration the statistics from the Men’s Health Network, maybe more men will take notice and take better care of their health. When you really stop to think about it, men’s health is not just important to men, it also affects wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters too. Raising awareness about choosing healthy lifestyles, getting annual check-ups and learning more about heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other health conditions can make a difference.
According to the Men’s Health Network
- On average men live about 5 years less than women
- Men have a higher death rate for most leading causes of death including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and suicide
- 1 in 2 men will develop cancer
- Approximately 30,000 men in the U.S. die from prostate cancer each year
- Men make ½ as many physician visits for prevention as women
- Men are more likely to be uninsured than women
In addition, the Men’s Health Network states that the goal of National Men’s Health Week was to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Men’s Health Week provides a time for families to focus on men’s health through participation in screening, health fairs, seminars and discussion groups. We encourage all men to take an opportunity to get information about your health go to the doctor to get your annual checks (blood pressure, blood sugar, prostate and colon exams) it could be the different of longer life or death.
Take good care of your health, men! And, let’s spread and heighten awareness for the meaning of the Wear Blue day and the blue ribbon!