The month of June is Men's Health Month, so what better time to brush up on your knowledge of men's health and learn about the various health screenings men should have at every age?
Depending on their age, there are certain tests and procedures men should schedule with their doctor. Here's a quick guide for you to share with the men in your life:
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Men who are 50 years old or older should be screened. Your doctor may recommend one of the following screening methods: a fecal occult blood test (FOBT), flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and double contrast barium enema (DCBE).
Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
Men should have their blood pressure checked beginning at age 18 and cholesterol checked at age 35. Both high blood pressure and high cholesterol can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other problems.
Men who have a blood pressure reading over 135/80 mmHg should have a screening for type 2 diabetes.
Men who have unprotected sex may want to talk to their doctor about STD testings, including syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV.
Discuss prostate cancer screening with your doctor to see if it is recommended and at what age. There are several tests available, but you should check with your doctor about the benefits and risks of these tests.
Want more information on Men's Health and the recommended screenings men should have? Our Health Library has a wealth of information. You can also visit Medical Center of Lewisville online or give us a call at 972-420-1000 to learn more about our hospital services.