June is Men's Health Awareness Month

What You Need to Know

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, excluding skin cancer.
  • African-American men are at the greatest risk to develop prostate cancer. 
  • The American Cancer Society recommends men with an average risk of prostate cancer should begin the discussion about screening at age 50, while men with higher risk of prostate cancer should begin earlier.
  • Sexual health is a major overall health marker for men -- 1 in 4 men will experience some form of sexual health concern by age 65.
  • Erectile dysfunction and lower testosterone are linked to larger health risks, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

Patient Resources

Ask the Expert: Kevin Billups, M.D.

Kevin Billups

What are the biggest health issues men face?

There is a crisis in America right now in men's health, and it affects every community. That crisis revolves around managing chronic medical diseases like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease and high cholesterol. These common problems are causing men to die prematurely in the prime of their life. 

What is low testosterone?

Testosterone is the main male hormone, and is responsible for a number of things, including reproductive development as a male. It's made in the testes, and impacts a number of functions. The most common symptoms of low testosterone are a decreased sex drive, erectile difficulty, tiredness, mood changes and occasional memory problems. If you have low testosterone, you're at increased risk of developing diabetes, hypertension or a number of other chronic conditions.

After age 40, what happens to a man's prostate?

Once we get over the age of 40, our prostates grow -- it's known as "benign prostate enlargement." The common symptoms include slow urinary stream or a sudden urge to go to the bathroom. An enlarged prostate has been linked to a number of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 


Advancements in Health Research


Scientists Alter Fat Metabolism in Animals to Prevent Most Common Type of Heart Disease

Working with mice and rabbits, scientists have found a way to block abnormal cholesterol production, transport and breakdown, successfully preventing the development of atherosclerosis, the main cause of heart attacks and strokes and the number-one cause of death among humans.

Chronic Inflammation Linked to High-Grade Prostate Cancer

Men who show signs of chronic inflammation in non-cancerous prostate tissue may have nearly twice the risk of actually having prostate cancer than those with no inflammation, according to results of a new study.

Impact of Erectile Dysfunction Drug as Therapy for Heart Failure Very Different in Men and Women

New animal studies by Johns Hopkins cardiovascular researchers strongly suggest that sildenafil, the common erectile dysfunction drug which is now under consideration as a treatment for heart failure, affects males and females very differently.

The Men's Health and Vitality Program

The Men's Health and Vitality Program is a unique program focused on specific health-related challenges and designed to help men live a longer, happier and healthier life.

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