Mississippi State Department of Health

Men's Health


Men, your health matters to you and to your family. The steps to lifelong good health are simple, starting with choosing a doctor for regular checkups.

Men visit a doctor half as often as women do.

Those regular checkups are important. They let you understand your current health, stay on track for feeling your best, and detect problems early — when they can be corrected more quickly and easily.

Men live five years less on average than women.

It's simple: taking care of yourself means living longer, more years with your family, and more years of feeling your best.

The basic steps of healthy living are simple.

The Deadliest 5: Top causes of death in men

All of these conditions are preventable when you take the right steps for your health.

Heart disease


Lung Diseases



Know Your Numbers

These basic health measurements are the most important to stay in touch with. You can get them checked by healthcare providers, at a pharmacy, or even at home.

For Men Only: Understanding Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer only affects men. It's the most common cancer in American men after skin cancer. More than half of all men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, and the chances are higher in African American men.

Risk factors: Some men are at higher risk of prostate cancer:

Symptoms: Talk to your doctor if you regularly experience any of these symptoms:

Getting screened: Screening is a simple check by your doctor for signs of possible prostate cancer.

Learn more

Health Resources for Men

Need to Know


For more information about programs for men's health, our Maternal and Child Health programs, or the MCH Block Grant, call

Links referenced on this page
Get free Help quitting smoking    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,1774,94,html ok
How to start smart eating    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,213,html ok
More about getting active    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,270,806,html ok
Know your numbers — what your targets should be    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/43,1161,91,214.html ok
Complete information on prostate cancer and screening (CDC)    https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/prostate/
More about cancer and cancer prevention    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,292,html ok
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,9266,91,474,html ok
Diabetes Self-Management Program    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,12870,91,474,html ok
Family Planning    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,107,html ok
Quit Smoking Today    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,1774,94,html ok
Top 5 Cancers for Men    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/resources/19376.pdf

Resources referenced
Top 5 Cancers for Men    https://msdh.ms.gov/page/resources/19376.pdf ok

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