Men's Health Week is June 13-19, 2011. Arizona men are making strides towards better health this year, but unfortunately, they still face many challenges. The good news, however, is that more than 85,000 adult men in Arizona quit tobacco last year; and they represent the lowest overall rate of cancer in the country, including prostate cancer.
Even with those astounding achievements, there is bad news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks Arizona men in the bottom half of their rankings for men's overall health, pointing to the low number of health screenings and the high rate of obesity. Of course, that's not what the men say. Eighty-six percent of Arizona's men say their general health is good, very good or excellent, according to the 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey.
"I'm not surprised by the perception among men about their health," says Wayne Tormala, Men's Health Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Health Services. "Too often, men judge their health by how they feel or how they look. Men typically aren't aware of the warning signs of the 'silent killers' we know as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes."
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