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Free lunch and learn presentation on men’s health by family practitioner, Dr. Kelly Christensen

Community news | Thursday, June 8, 2017

Contact: Jim Cannon

The community is invited to a free presentation featuring a discussion of the health issues that impact men and what men can do to help prevent or manage health problems. Join Dr. Kelly Christensen in the hospital conference room, located next to the cafeteria, on Tuesday, June 27, at noon. PVHC will provide a free lunch. To register for the presentation, go to pvhc.org - classes and events, or call 307.754.1104. The presentation is open to anyone interested in learning about steps men can take to improve their health.

June is Men's Health Month and PVHC is working to increase awareness of the fact that men are at higher risk than women for most health-related issues. According to the WebMD article – Men's Top 5 Health Concerns, "The biggest problem that men have is not so much a specific disease, but the diseases are the result of lack of health care monitoring earlier in life," says Jean Bonhomme, MD, MPH. Dr. Bonhomme cites the progression of heart disease as an example: "If you don't get your cholesterol checked when it's going high when you're 20, and if you don't get your blood pressure checked when it's going high when you're 30, maybe your blood sugar's getting a little high when you're 40, what do you think is going to happen when you're 50?" Men are much less likely to see a doctor to screen for major health problems than women, placing them at greater risk for disease and death.

Dr. Christensen will cover various men's health topics during his presentation, including a look at the risk factors for the five biggest killers of men: heart disease, stroke, suicide, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. There will also be time for participants to ask questions.