Northern Health is trying to increase awareness of Men’s Health issues in northern and rural communities. 

There is a lack of services available in northern and rural areas and men are especially vulnerable because of their “nothing can hurt me ” attitude, says Bernard Denner, a Health Educator and the founder of the Centre for Advancement of Men’s Health.

Denner says rural residents are more at risk to suffer from a “tyranny of diseases” because emergency health services are farther away. He says rural residents have to take more health precautions because of the lack of services.

Denner stresses that men ages 45 to 55 are more at risk for certain diseases and adds that men should have a regular check up beginning at 40 if they are at risk of prostate cancer. 

If prostate cancer does not run in a man’s family, Denner says men should be checked regularly beginning at age 50. 

The organization held a presentation at the On the Rocks bar, which took place at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. The presentation, made by Bernard Denner, stressed important facts men should be aware of in order to live a long healthy life.

The presentation stressed the importance of visiting the doctor on a regular basis. Denner stressed that this is not only important for elderly men, but for men of all ages. Denner kept reminding the audience that despite the amazing medical breakthroughs we are privileged to, prevention of developing a disease is the best solution. 

Denner explained the warning signs of prostate cancer, heart conditions, strokes and more importantly what to do if those signs present themselves.

The presentation even included a free cholesterol and blood sugar tests for men to take advantage of, as part of its “check-mate” screening. 

Present at the event, was Dr. David Shoesmith, a family medicine resident here in Fort St. John. Dr. Shoesmith talked about the importance of these programs, especially in the northern communities. 

He says that sometimes residents in smaller northern communities can develop bad lifestyle habits and as a result, pass those habits on to their family. Such habits can eventually be perceived as the norm, which can lead to serious illness down the road. 

Dr. Shoesmith explained how regular check ups are necessary for men and programs such as Men’s Health are important as they help spread awareness of such an important issue. 

Bernard Denner discussed a variety of topics, but the one point he continually stressed was the importance of regular check ups for males. This is key for men who intend to live long healthy lives.