The three most important things men can do to maintain their health are; eat a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly, and get the right screenings at the right time. Unfortunately, screenings tend to be publicized much less often than diet and exercise.
We’re here to remind you how important routine screenings are in finding diseases early, when they’re often easier to treat. Be sure to discuss the below with your doctor to determine if and when they should be added to your preventative care plan:
As the second most common cancer found in men, just after skin cancer, all men should be tested for prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Though there are some fast-growing types of prostate cancer, many are slow growing. When caught early, thanks to routine screenings, men have a relatively high chance of overcoming the disease.
Screening Tests for Prostate Cancer
- Digital rectal exam (DRE)
- Prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test
Unlike many other diseases on our list, testicular cancer is one of the few that commonly occurs in younger men. Because men between the ages of 20 and 54 are the most at risk, the American Cancer Society suggests screenings for the disease be done at every man’s annual physical.
Screening Testing for Testicular Cancer
- A physical and/or visual exam conducted by a physician
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer and is more likely to affect men than women. Screenings are one of the best ways to prevent colorectal cancer from spreading, as surgeons can take out potentially cancerous polyps (growths on the lining of your colon) before they fully develop.
Screening Tests for Colon Cancer
Older men are twice as likely to develop one of the three main types of skin cancer (basal cell, squamous, and melanoma) than women of the same age. A lifetime of sun exposure and tanning bed use can put you at an increased risk.
Screening Tests for Skin Cancer
- Self-exams of moles. Men should regularly check their skin for moles or marks that are changing color, shape, or size
- Annual full-body skin exams performed by dermatologists
Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Though men of all ages should always be aware of their blood pressure, it’s particularly important for older men to know their blood pressure levels. High blood pressure can lead to an aneurysm, stroke, and blood clots.
Luckily, blood pressure can be managed, to a degree, with a healthy diet and exercise.
Screening Tests for Blood Pressure
- A systolic reading - the pressure in your arteries
- A diastolic reading - the pressure between heartbeats
Early detection can save lives! Kirby Medical Center is experienced in treating the full range of men’s health concerns, including preventive care. To download a new patient registration form, click here, then give us a call to schedule your appointment: 217.762.2115