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Men's Health Stats You Need to Know

It's Men's Health Month, and we're exploring a few staggering men's health statistics.


Internist Dr. Narasimha Palagummi urges men to make their health a priority, “It's time to take control of your health and get your yearly physical.” Getting your annual exam could save your life.

1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men in America. One in 39 men will die from prostate cancer. In the United States, it's estimated there will be 161,360 new cases of prostate cancer and 26,730 deaths from prostate cancer in 2017.

In 2013, almost 26% of male deaths in the US were due to heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men (and women) in the US. Half of the men who die suddenly from coronary heart disease experienced no previous symptoms.

Nearly 33% of men 20 years and older have hypertension

Hypertension is abnormally high blood pressure. From 2011-2014, 32.6% of men 20-years-old+ measured with high blood pressure and/or were taking antihypertensive medication.

Close to 36% of men 20 years and older are obese

Being overweight can affect your health in a number of ways. Anyone struggling with obesity should consult a primary care provider to discuss how to best get their weight in check. Discussing your options with a physician is important in ensuring you approach weight loss in a healthy way.

Facts are facts. We're here to help you get your health in check. Celebrate Men's Health Month by scheduling an appointment with a primary care provider to learn your statistics.

You can contact our Men's Center by calling 515.875.9801 to schedule an appointment today.


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