By Lt. Col. Constance L. Smith
Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — The Air Force Medical Service supports Men’s Health Month to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men, such as prostate cancer.
Each year thousands of men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. More than 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions that negatively affect their quality of life.
The Air Force Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia Men’s Health website http://www.menshealthatoz.org/ offers a guide to prostate health and various conditions that can affect the health of men. It provides a sensitive and informative exploration of men’s health issues, including benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, a condition that involves an enlarged prostate. The program provides specific information covering risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, side effects of treatment and life after treatment.
Other website topics include diagnostic techniques used by health care professionals and insights about the recovery process, while 3-D Animation provides a tool to help patients clearly understand the information. The CEMM Men’s Health website also offers a section with real patients and survivors sharing courageous stories about their own experiences.
AFMS officials encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury prevention.
Other available sites deal with low-back pain, men and women’s health, asthma and skin cancer and more. A full list of sites can be found at www.cemmlibrary.org.
The CEMM promotes the Air Force surgeon general’s vision of “Trusted Care Anywhere,” and makes available products to both military treatment facility staff and their patients.