State Public Health Director encourages Illinois men to take charge of their health

By on June 28, 2010

STATE—Dr. Damon T. Arnold, Illinois Department of Public Health Director and a prostate cancer survivor, is urging men throughout the state to recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and medical check-ups.

Dr. Arnold reminds men that along with regular screenings and checkups, men should eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, reduce stress, keep alcohol consumption to moderate levels and reduce or stop using tobacco.

Here are some health statistics men may not be aware of:
• On average, men live approximately five years less than women
• 1 in 4 men have high blood pressure
• 1 in 5 men can expect to have a heart attack before the age of 65
• 1 in 6 men will develop prostate cancer
• 1 in 12 men can expect to develop diabetes
• 1 in 22 men will suffer from depression some time during their lives

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind lung cancer. Prostate cancer accounts for about 11 percent of cancer-related deaths in men. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, other than skin cancers, in American men. The Illinois State Cancer Registry estimates approximately 9,030 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in Illinois during 2010 and an estimated 1,330 Illinois men will die from it. Across the United States, approximately 218,000 new cases of prostate cancer are expected this year. One in four African-American men will develop the disease, those with a family history of prostate cancer are at an even higher risk.

For more information on Men’s Health, visit The website includes information about getting screened, self checkups, the top 10 diseases that affect men, tips for healthy living, frequently asked questions, and additional resources.