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June is Men's Health Awareness Month
Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
This awareness period was created by Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Bill Richardson with support from Men’s Health Network. It was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1994 as Men’s Health Week (the week ending on the U.S. Father’s Day). Men’s Health Week was expanded to include the whole month of June in the late 1990s.
Men’s Health Week is still celebrated as “a special awareness period recognized by Congress and the President” and International Men’s Health Week is celebrated around the globe.
Men’s Health Month (June) is an annual awareness period designed to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems (mental and physical) and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Medical professions and community activists use this opportunity to encourage regular self exams and screening.