Men’s Health Month

Each June, Central Florida Health News shifts its focus to men’s health. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second-most common cancer in men in the nation, surpassed only by skin cancer. While 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, a person’s risk can be largely determined by specific factors.The most notable of these factors are age and race. About 6 in 10 cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in men who are 65 or older, but it’s important to remember that it can be diagnosed in younger men as well. 

Inside, we talk about one such case. Winter Haven’s Hap Hazelwood was only 44 years old when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His journey underscores the importance of PSA tests and self advocacy. These days, Hazelwood is a familiar face in the community, and he and his wife started Your Polk County Hub to help others with cancer. 

Also inside, we talk about the importance of care for those who are uninsured or underinsured. The United Way of Central Florida’s Community Wellness Initiative makes health care possible for many in the region who wouldn’t otherwise have access to care. 

Don’t forget to test yourself with our Pop Quiz on traumatic brain injury, and take a peek at our calendar to stay up-to-date on the latest health-related events in the area.

On behalf of the Polk County Medical Association, I hope you have a safe June and a happy  and healthy Father’s Day! 

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