The non-profit Men's Health Network has named the week of June 14-20—the week leading up to Father's Day—as Men's Health Week.

According to the Men's Health Network, many men's health issues are preventable, and Men's Health Week is intended to heighten awareness of these problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Men's Health Week also gives healthcare providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. Activities are planned around the globe this week. Click here for a list of activities.

Check out this list of the top 10 threats to men's health, compiled from statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading organizations. Then follow the suggested healthy lifestyle guidelines to reduce or prevent your risk.

1. Heart Disease: Heart disease is a leading men's health threat. Take charge of heart health by making healthier lifestyle choices. For example:
  • Don't smoke or use other tobacco products. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fiber and fish. Cut back on foods high in saturated fat and sodium.
  • If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's treatment recommendations.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation. Too much alcohol can raise blood pressure.
  • If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.
  • Manage stress.
2. Cancer: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men—mostly due to cigarette smoking, according to the American Cancer Society. Lung cancer is followed by prostate cancer and colorectal cancer. To prevent cancer:
  • Don't smoke or use other tobacco products. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and avoid high-fat foods.
  • Limit your sun exposure. When you're outdoors, use sunscreen.
  • If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation.
  • Consult your doctor for regular cancer screenings.
  • Reduce exposure to potential cancer-causing substances (carcinogens), such as radon, asbestos, radiation and air pollution.
3. Injuries: The leading cause of fatal accidents among men is motor vehicle crashes, according to the CDC. To reduce your risk of a deadly crash:
  • Wear your seat belt.
  • Follow the speed limit.
  • Don't drive under the influence of alcohol or any other substances.
  • Don't drive while sleepy.
  • Falls and poisoning are other leading causes of fatal accidents. Take common-sense precautions, such as using chemical products only in ventilated areas, using nonslip mats in the bathtub and placing carbon monoxide detectors near the bedrooms in your home.
4. Stroke: You can't control some stroke risk factors, such as family history, age and race. But you can control other contributing factors. For example:
  • Don't smoke.
  • If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's treatment recommendations.
  • Limit the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet. Try to avoid trans fat entirely.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine.
  • If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.
  • If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation.
5. COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of chronic lung conditions, including bronchitis and emphysema. To prevent COPD:
  • Don't smoke. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Minimize exposure to chemicals and air pollution.
6. Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes—the most common type of diabetes—affects the way your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Possible complications of type 2 diabetes include heart disease, blindness, nerve damage and kidney damage. To prevent type 2 diabetes:
  • Lose excess pounds, if you're overweight.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat foods.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine.
7. Flu: Influenza is a common viral infection. While a case of the flu isn't usually serious for otherwise healthy adults, complications of the flu can be deadly—especially for those who have weak immune systems or chronic illnesses. To protect yourself from the flu, get an annual flu vaccine.. 8. Suicide: Suicide is another leading men's health risk. An important risk factor for suicide among men is depression. If you think you may be depressed, consult your doctor. Treatment is available. If you're contemplating suicide, call for emergency medical help or go the nearest emergency room. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).. 9. Kidney Disease: Kidney failure is often a complication of diabetes or high blood pressure. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's treatment suggestions. In addition:
  • Eat a healthy diet. Limit the amount of salt you consume.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine.
  • Lose excess pounds, if you're overweight.
  • Take medications as prescribed.
10. Alzheimer's Disease: There's no proven way to prevent Alzheimer's disease, but consider taking these steps:
  • Take care of your heart. High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high cholesterol may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's.
  • Avoid head injuries. There appears to be a link between head injury and future risk of Alzheimer's.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine.
  • Avoid tobacco.
  • If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation.
  • Stay socially active.
  • Maintain mental fitness. Practice mental exercises, and take steps to learn new things.
Health risks can be scary, but there's no reason to panic if you take these steps toward leading a healthy lifestyle: Eat a healthy diet, engage in physical activity, quit smoking, get regular checkups and take precautions in your daily activities. Adopting these preventive measures will increase your odds of living a long, healthy and disease-free life.