Health scares are claims that are usually unfounded in nature or are medically documented with data that shows a real health concern for the public at large. If they are truly unfounded they usually soon die out once people are informed that they have no real documented data and are complete fabrications.
However real health concerns have scientific documentation in which to prove that some substance will most likely cause harm to the public and therefore must be taken very seriously. These types of health concerns are scary and seem quite common however they have to be taken with a grain of salt. I have worked in health care for over 28 years and I truly believe that if everyone tried to stay away from everything that could possibly harm them, they most likely would never leave their home. Not to mention all the health concerns that reside in their homes, basically the thing to remember is you can’t live your life scared of everything.
Health scares for men are basically no different than that of women, however I am going to try in this article to decipher some of the more common health scares for men over the past decade.
1. H1N1 – The swine flu is a real health scare for most all Americans however men have been more reluctant on getting the vaccine than women. There has been a noticeable increase of younger men neglecting to get vaccinated and then becoming sick with H1N1. This is also a major concern for men who are working locked up with large groups such as in the military or in factories. The CDC has put out warnings about being around others that are sick and staying home if you have the virus however for some men it is impossible to not work and therefore the likelihood of catching the virus is a real health concern for some men.
2. Bird Flu or the H5N1 flu was another pandemic health scare that plagued not only men but all Americans at the beginning of the decade. The avian influenza was a concern in Southeast Asia because of the devastation it was having in the bird populations. However concerns soon rose about its spread to humans and the possibility of mutation. This became a big thing with men who traveled frequently for business. It also posed real problems for travelers once they got out of the country with travel restrictions.
3. SARS or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome was the first virus to captivate the world’s attention back in 2003. The respiratory infection was reported in Asia and then spread to North America, South America and even Europe before being contained. This virus was again a big scare for any businessman that traveled frequently and held travel and especially business trips at bay during the peak of the outbreak.
4. Anthrax was a real fear for any business or organization that felt could be targeted by a terrorist group. After the collapse of the World Trade Center in 2001, five people died after inhaling the bacteria which was sent through the postal system.
5. Cell Phones became a popular scare during the past decade with concerns over the radiation which is emitted from them and how that in turn affects people. Some worried that it may somehow be linked to brain tumors in people. However most research thus far has suggest there is little to worry about. Men however especially business men really sit up and took notice of this scare.
6. Prostate Cancer is a real health concern for many men. Many men realize immediately when they start having urinary problems but unfortunately just as many wait for a long time before seeking medical help for this issue. I personally think it is a a combination of things starting with the fear of a real problem such as cancer, not to mention men are not really comfortable talking about bodily functions. However going without medical attention is never recommended and anyone that is having any type of urinary or erectile problem should see a medical doctor immediately.
7. Colon Cancer many men have colon problems and bowel problems, sometimes resulting in bloody stools. The scare is often much like prostate problems and much harder for them to deal with, resulting in them putting off going to see a medical professional. If you are having any colon problems such as severe bowel problems especially with any bloody discharge or black stools you must see a medical professional immediately. A black stool can be a sign of old blood and must be immediately checked out by a medical professional.
8. Throat Cancer – Throat cancer may sometime first feel like a tickle in the throat and is sometimes overlooked by a man for quite a while, especially if they are a smoker. Many men know if they are a smoker the physician will more then likely tell them to quit smoking and they don’t want to hear that. However the severity of the situation is unclear most of the time until the cancer has progressed and there is swallowing problems. If you have any throat problems of any kind you must see a medical professional for an evaluation of the problem immediately.
9. Alzheimer’s – For many men Alzheimer’s is a real health scare. Most likely it is due to the lack of control on their bodies and faculties which is really difficult for men to think about having happen to them. If they have Alzheimer’s in their families they are most likely to be severely scared of this disease and worried about the disease eventually being passed down to them. If you have any worries about Alzheimer’s you should discuss this with your medical professional and talk about medications that you can take if you should ever need them.
10. Heart Attack – Is a very real medical health scare for many men. Not to mention men worry about dying from a heart attack especially if they have had chest pain in the past or have a high risk for heart disease in their family. It is imperative if you have any cardiovascular problems that you discuss your concerns with your doctor and have all the necessary testing not only for your own peace of mind but testing can save your life and with proper care and treatment most cardiovascular conditions can be maintained and do not pose a major problem.
References for this article include: CDC.gov, medicinenet.com and WebMD