Men’s Health Month: June 2018
~ June is Men’s Health Month ~
- Currently, men are dying an average of 5 years younger than women and lead 9 out of 10 of the top causes of death.
- Men are at greater risk for death in every age group.
- More males than females are born (105 vs 100), but by age 35, women outnumber men.
- Men have a higher suicide death rate than women.
- Men account for 92% of fatal workplace injuries.
- Men do not see physicians for a physical exam nearly as often as women.
- Men are more likely to be uninsured than women.
You should visit your health care provider regularly, even if you feel healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:
- Screen for medical issues
- Assess your risk for future medical problems
- Encourage a healthy lifestyle
- Help you get to know your provider in case of an illness
Our doctors are available to help you or the men in your family to determine what testing and preventive care they should be receiving on a regular basis.
Some of the recommended screenings are shown below.
PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING
- Most men age 50 or older should discuss screening for prostate cancer with their provider. African American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer in a first degree relative younger than age 65 should discuss screening at age 45.
COLON CANCER SCREENING
- If you are under age 50, you should be screened if you have a strong family history of colon cancer or polyps. Screening may also be considered if you have risk factors such as a history of inflammatory bowel disease or polyps.
- If you are between ages 50 to 75, you should be screened for colorectal cancer.
- If you are age 45 or older, you should be screened every 3 years.
- If you are overweight, ask your provider if you should be screened at a younger age.
- If your blood pressure is high, or you have other risk factors for diabetes, your provider may test your blood sugar level for diabetes.
CHOLESTEROL SCREENING AND HEART DISEASE PREVENTION
- Your cholesterol should be checked every 5 years or as determined by your doctor.
- If you have a high cholesterol level, diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, or certain other conditions, you may need to be checked more often.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
- Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year. Your doctor will help you determine if you should be checking it more regularly than this.
This is not an all inclusive list, and each patient’s medical history is taken into consideration when determining testing. Our doctors can discuss your questions and concerns during your Men’s Health Month appointment!
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