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Regular screenings important for men’s health

July 4, 2018

June was National Men’s Health Month, but that doesn’t mean men shouldn’t be concerned with their health all year.

Being aware of preventable men’s health problems and encouraging early detection and early treatment of diseases can be life-saving.

A health screening may seem a low priority, but we want you to make it a priority – make the call to schedule a physical with your doctor. Do it for yourself and for those who count on you.

Your primary healthcare provider is always the best source for more information about which of these tests you should be considering and how often you should be scheduling them.

To that end, below is a list of some of the most important tests men should consider as part of a regular health maintenance routine and will give you an idea of some of the more common screening exams out there. Talk to your provider about the best screening exams for you during your next visit.

Physical Exam

During this exam, your provider will review your overall health status, perform a thorough physical exam and discuss health-related topics.

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) has no symptoms, but can cause permanent damage to body organs. It is vital to check your blood pressure regularly, and this is a test you can do on your own or at one of the free testing stations available at some local drug stores and other locations.

TB Skin Test

This test should be done at the direction of your provider in the event of exposure or the appearance of possible symptoms. Some occupations may require more frequent testing for public health reasons.

EKG

The electrocardiogram screens for heart abnormalities.

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. Testing should be done in collaboration with your physician or provider.

Hemoccult

This exam screens the stool for microscopic amounts of blood that can be the first indication of polyps or colon cancer.

Colonoscopy

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.

Bone Density

Bone mineral density test. Testing is best done under the supervision of your physician.

Self Exams

Testicles: To find lumps in their earliest sages.

Skin: To look for signs of changing moles, freckles or early skin cancer.

Oral: To look for signs of cancerous lesions in the mouth.

Testosterone Screening

Low testosterone symptoms include low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, fatigue and depression.

You are your best advocate for better health and your healthcare provider is your best source of information about the screening exams that may be appropriate for you, depending on your age and medical history. Call for an appointment today.

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