There Should Be No Shame in Preventative Care

Yeah, some medical procedures are embarrassing, but they might just save your life.

René F. Najera, MPH, DrPH
6 min readDec 23, 2022

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Image of a sign reading “This year thousands of men will die from stubborness.” with the words “no we won’t” spray painted blow.
Meme origin unknown.

Before we begin, let me warn you that there is an image of my dad’s abdomen post-surgery. It’s quite jarring, but he allowed me to share it as a warning to people who forgo preventative treatment. If you’re squeamish, look away… But, please, do…

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René F. Najera, MPH, DrPH

DrPH in Epidemiology. Public Health Instructor. Father. Husband. "All around great guy."