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Men's Health Week: Top health concerns for men

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – June 10, 2013 -- On average, men die approximately five years before women. Several of the top causes of death include heart disease, certain cancers and stroke – conditions often associated with unhealthy lifestyle choices, like smoking. 

In honor of men’s health month, here are a few top health concerns men should be aware of: 

  • Heart Disease: Heart disease is the number one threat to men’s health. This condition usually can be prevented by making simple life style changes. Some tips to improve heart health include the following: avoid smoking, eat a healthier diet, maintain a healthy weight, become better at managing stress and limit alcohol intake. 
  • High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure is a major concern because it leads to other fatal diseases. High blood pressure can be directly linked to heart attacks, heart failure, strokes, kidney failure and other serious health problems. 
  • Prostate Cancer: There is no way to prevent prostate cancer, but men can lower their risk by limiting their intake of red meats and eating more fruits and vegetables. 
  • Lung Cancer: Despite being the most preventable cancer, lung cancer is also one of the leading causes of cancer death among men. The easiest way to steer clear of lung cancer? Don’t smoke. Smokers are approximately 30 times more likely to develop lung cancer than nonsmokers. 

In addition to making healthy lifestyle changes, one way men can take charge of their health is to visit the doctor. Regular check-ups contribute to better health by identifying possibly serious problems early, before they become life threatening. 

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About Saint Thomas Health

Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system with more than 6,500 associates. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes – Baptist Hospital, Saint Thomas Hospital and The Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville – and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. For more information, visit

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