June is National Men’s Health Month, which means RIGHT NOW is the perfect time to encourage the men in your life to take control of their health by eating right, exercising, and getting a wellness checkup. As statistics show that men are less likely to seek healthcare and are at greater risk of death in every age group, the goal of Men’s Health Month is to bring awareness to preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Driving this renewed awareness, and reducing the stigma around receiving regular healthcare, Men’s Health Month has played an important role in helping to educate men, boys and their families on the importance of annual checkups and early detection of the many preventable health problems that affect them.
This Men’s Health Month, we encourage our male patients & community members to challenge themselves by reflecting on their future health and well-being. Ask yourself, What will my health look like in 5 years? Do I see my healthcare provider regularly? What will happen to my family if I get seriously ill? The steps you take or don’t take now concerning your health will affect you in the long run, which is many say that an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”!
While your Primary Care Doctor or ModernMD provider can assist in identifying the health screenings that are right for you, Here is a list of some common screenings that your Doctor may recommending, depending on your age risk factors. Remember, regular check-ups and age appropriate screenings can not only help to prevent serious health issues before they start, but can help improve your overall health in the current.
Checkups and Screenings
Review overall health status, perform a thorough physical exam and discuss health-related topics.
High blood pressure (hypertension) has no symptoms but can cause permanent damage to body organs.
Blood Test & Urinalysis
Screens for various illnesses and diseases (such as cholesterol, diabetes, kidney or thyroid dysfunction) before symptoms occur.
Electrocardiogram screens for heart abnormalities.
Screens for hemorrhoids, lower rectal problems, colon and prostate cancer (see PSA Blood Test, below).
PSA Blood Test
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) is produced by the prostate. Levels rise when there is an abnormality such as an infection, enlargement, or cancer. Speak with your healthcare provider concerning when you should have the test.
A flexible scope examines the rectum, sigmoid and descending colon for cancer at its earliest and treatable stages. It also detects polyps, which are benign growths that can progress to cancer if not found early.
Self-Exams (should be done monthly at home)
Testicle: To find lumps in their earliest stages. Skin: To look for signs of changing moles, freckles, or early skin cancer.
Oral: To look for signs of cancerous lesions in the mouth. Breast: To find abnormal lumps in their earliest stages.
Sexually active adults who consider themselves at risk for STDs should be screened for syphilis, chlamydia, HIV, and other STDs.
For more information visit menshealthmonth.org