Every June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, educational, and outreach events. Why, you ask? Well, first off, I think we all know that men are usually the last ones to admit when they need a checkup, or when they should go see a doctor for a routine screening. But, the truth is, males need regular medical care just like anybody else does.
There are so many preventable health problems that affect men of all ages. Without encouraging and supporting the men in our lives to seek regular medical advice and early detection (as well as treatment) of preventable diseases, we are fostering a lifestyle that does not promote the best quality of life.
As physicians of the Polk County Medical Association, we are proud to bring you the Men’s Health Edition of Central Florida Health News magazine. Inside this issue, you’ll read about some ways to live a healthier lifestyle, plus learn about lesser-known cancers, as well as what signs and symptoms to look for. Whether you’re a man or woman, however, we hope this edition inspires you to take the best possible care of yourself by making healthy lifestyle choices.
On a side note, we’d like you to mark your calendars and RSVP for an important event. Our Fourth Annual Casino Night fundraiser is coming up Saturday, October 25, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The event is hosted by Fields Motorcars Mercedes Benz, 4141 North Florida Avenue in Lakeland. Entertainment for the evening will include casino table games (played with fake currency, of course), as well as a silent auction, music, food, drinks, and more! The proceeds from this event go directly towards We Care of Polk County and the Polk County Medical Foundation. For more information about tickets or how you could become a partnering sponsor, please call Jackie Courtney in our office at (863) 644-4051.
Arvind B. Soni, M.D.
Director of Radiation Oncology
St. Joseph’s Hospital, BayCare Health System
President, Polk County Medical Association