I’m watching an old copy of the movie Love Story. Oliver Barrett, estranged from his wealthy father, wants to take care of Jenny, his wife, who is dying of leukemia. Oliver is strong, and even goes to his father who he hates and asks for money to pay for medical bills. He wants to be strong and help his wife.
But men don’t really take care of themselves very well. They may actually be afraid when it comes to having cancer (or some other fatal illness) themselves. If they can, they’d rather not go and get that annual exam.
What they don’t know can’t hurt them.
And perhaps getting an exam is a sign of weakness. Who knows. Anyway, more focus is being placed these days on men (and women) getting routine exams.
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s first annual MEN‘s health education and screening event will provide education and free health screening for men.
Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The event is intended to help men (and the women in their lives) understand health risks, screening options and treatments, particularly related to colon cancer, prostate cancer and heart disease. Experts on cancer heart disease can discuss risk factors, screening tools and other health information for men.