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Despite Trump threat, NV Gov. Sisolak signs expanded vote-by-mail into law; Trump wants Treasury to get percentage of any TikTok deal.

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Men's Health Week: Regular Screenings Can Save Lives in New Hampshire

June 17, 2009

Manchester, NH - Women outlive men, but the life expectancy gap is shrinking. That may sound like good news, but Granite State men still need to pay attention to their health. One reason why: men tend to put off routine checkups and ignore symptoms of a health problem. Then there are health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate and testicular cancers, both of which can be fatal.

Here's the real good news: many of the diseases men face can be prevented or treated if found early. Sara Hamilton, Planned Parenthood spokeswoman, says they are raising awareness and trying to change mindsets during this Men's Health week.

"Unfortunately men just don't have that kind of regular checkup that they go in for, you know, and a lot of times they have that mentality of 'Oh, if it ain't broke don't fix it.'"

Other major health risks that men face include colon cancer, heart disease and sexually-transmitted diseases, all of which can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are approximately 19 million new sexually-transmitted-disease infections each year and many people may not even know they're infected. The biggest problem, according to Hamilton, is that often there are no symptoms.

"So sometimes you don't know what's going on, and if those infections go without being treated, they can cause infertility down the line."

If left untreated, health experts say, some STDs, such as syphilis, can be fatal. There's also concern the STD will be passed between partners; Hamilton says that's all the more reason to get screened.

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - NH