Support Your Dad’s Health This Men’s Health Week

Did you know that heart disease and cancer make up nearly half of the deaths of American men? (Men’s Health Network Key Health Indicators PDF)

Men’s Health Week is June 12-18, and with Father’s Day right around the corner, what better present for Dad than to ensure that he is healthy?

Daughters keep reading because you are among some of the only people who your dad will listen to, especially when you are expressing your concern for his health. But you don’t know much about heart disease and cancer—especially prostate cancer? Read these facts to find out more.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States.

The facts: (

  • It killed 321,000 men in 2013, which is 1 in every 4 male deaths.
  • Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.

Risk factors: (

High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors in heart disease. About half of Americans have at least one of these three risk factors.

Others include:

  • Diabetes
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Little psychical exercise
  • Excessive alcohol use

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men behind skin cancer.

The facts: (

  • In 2017 there were about 161,360 new cases of prostate cancer.
  • In 2017 there were about 26,730 deaths from prostate cancer.
  • 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime and about 1 in 39 men will die from it.
  • The average age of diagnosis is 66.

Which type of doctor do you encourage your dad to see? (

Urologists, radiation oncologists, and medical oncologists are surgeons and doctors who detect and treat prostate cancer with various types of treatments.

Tell your dad about APIFINY (

APIFINY is the only cancer-specific, non PSA blood test available in the world that helps doctors assess the risk of prostate cancer. Find out more at:

June 16th is Wear Blue Day. Wear blue to support your dad’s health and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Armune BioScience thanks contributing writer Emily Garber for her insights on the importance of supporting men’s health.