Happy Men’s Health Month. Here at BioReference, we consider this annual observance to be the perfect opportunity to do our part to shed light on the health issues that men face each and every day. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to raise awareness about the preventable health issues that both men and boys face and to encourage early detection and treatment. Men’s Health Week was first proposed in 1994 as a Congressional health education program. Celebrated nationwide, there is now an entire month dedicated to this observance which has grown in popularity year over year since its inception.
How to Get Involved
Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is intended to provide a platform for individuals, members of the media, health care providers and public policy makers to share dialog about the health concerns that impact the male population. If you would like to do your part to get involved in Men’s Health Month, we encourage you to visit the official website for more details.
Men’s Health Issues
Why is this observance so important? Education is our very best defense against many of the health issues that men face.
- Women are 100% likely to visit the doctor for preventive services and annual exams. 
- In 1920, women lived on average of 1 year longer than men. Today, women outlive men by an average of 5 years. 
- 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. 
- Roughly 1 man in 39 will die of prostate cancer. 
- Heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death in men. 
The 4Kscore® Test and Early Prostate Cancer Detection
At BioReference Laboratories we proudly stand behind the message of Men’s Health Month. As the makers of the 4Kscore Test, a simple blood test that helps to clarify the biopsy decision-making process after an abnormal PSA, we work year-round to shed light on the importance of early prostate cancer detection. The 4Kscore Test predicts a man’s risk percentage of having aggressive prostate cancer on a scale of <1% to >95%, using an algorithm that includes four prostate-specific kallikreins in the blood: Total PSA, Free PSA, Intact PSA, and Human Kallikrein 2 (hK2), along with clinical findings.
Celebrate Men’s Health Month & Determine Your 4Kscore
We encourage you to celebrate Men’s Health Month in your own way and to use this annual observance as a reminder to remain vigilant about undergoing regular health screenings. If you, or a loved one, have not been screened recently for prostate cancer, we urge you to talk to your doctor about the 4Kscore Test, and stay tuned next week for other ways to celebrate with us.
- Men’s Health Network. Men’s Health Facts. Available at http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/menshealthfacts.pdf (Accessed May 30, 2017).
- American Cancer Society. Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer. Available at https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/about/key-statistics.html (Accessed May 30, 2017).