Smyrna Mayor Mary-Esther Reed presented a Men’s Health Week Proclamation to TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center during the Smyrna Town Council Meeting on June 10.
Lou Caputo, CEO, and Thomas Cabell, M.D., cardiologist, accepted the proclamation on behalf of TriStar StoneCrest and spoke to the importance of engaging men to be proactive in preventing and treating disease at early stages.
“The key thing we want to focus on and reiterate is prevention in men’s health,” said Cabell. “We have very simple tests to screen for prostate cancer, colon cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Discuss these screenings and results with your doctor and get involved with managing your health.”
Community leaders, business leaders, physicians and even family members can help encourage men in their lives to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Reed emphasized this point in her remarks.
“Women are a lot better at going to the doctor sometimes than men are,” she said. “We encourage our men to go do that,” she said. “We love you (and) we want you around for a long time. So I encourage all of you take that into consideration.”
Men’s Health Week, June 9-15 in 2014, is recognized the week leading up to and ending on Father’s Day. The goal of this week is to raise awareness on the importance of healthy lifestyle choices and early detection of male health problems to reduce death rates from disease in men.
A primary care physician can help identify risk and prevention of these and other health topics. To learn more about your personal risk of diseases impacting men’s health and related screening guidelines, visit TriStarHealth.com or MensHealthNetwork.org. For free help finding a physician, call TriStar MedLine® at 615-342-1919.