Healthy Father’s Day

Father and son walking with basketballBy Robert A. Poarch

For most men, visiting a doctor is one of the last things they’ll be thinking about this Father’s Day. It seems that men don’t like to visit their doctors, which is reflected in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that shows that women in all range groups are more likely to see a doctor than men.

In another CDC report, men are more likely to suffer from a life-threatening disease than women. The diseases the report specified include heart disease, cancer, respiratory diseases, stroke and diabetes. One thing each of these have in common is that the earlier they are diagnosed, the greater chance of extending your life. If you’re a man — or married to one — Father’s Day is good time to think about getting a checkup with your primary care provider.


To find a Mission Health primary care provider who’s best for you, call 828-213-3222 or visit missionhealth.org/primarycare [1].