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News | June 13, 2023

Men’s Health Month: ‘Don’t be shy about sharing symptoms’

By Elaine Sanchez

June is Men’s Health Month, a time to encourage men to “take the bull by the horns” and focus on their health and wellness.

“This month is an opportunity to educate, empower and energize men to make healthy choices and to focus on preventable health problems,” said Air Force Col. (Dr.) Travis Batts, medical director, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center’s Cardiology Department. “As much as I enjoy seeing patients, I would much rather see them walking around healthy and happy than in my cardiac catheterization lab.”

Research indicates that men sorely need the encouragement. According to a 2022 Cleveland Clinic survey, more than half of the male participants said they don’t go for regular health screenings and over half are unaware of their complete family history, to include cancer and urological issues. Additionally, about one-third have never been screened for prostate, bladder, or testicular cancer.

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