Illustration: Brandon Cornwell

All right, guys, it's time to step up. It's time to cast aside outdated notions of what it means to be healthy and how often you should see a doctor. It's time to accept that the ailments, conditions and diseases that affect "other" people can come for you, too. It's time to be an advocate for your own well-being.

The time to start is now, because June is Men's Health Month. And we're here to champion awareness, something too many men lack when it comes to their bodies and health.

Every Monday this month, we'll publish a new story aimed at raising men's awareness about their health. Fortunately, it's not that difficult. It begins with two words and a hyphen: self-exams. Do you have skin, a mouth, testicles, breasts? Check them. Regularly.

In the weeks that follow, we will discuss exercise's effects on sexual health, how to keep your penis and testicles happy, and the best practices for prostate health.

Come back every week and make June the month that kicks off a new healthy mindset.

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A healthy prostate is key to overall health, including sexual. Observe some best practices.