June is Men’s Health Month, so let’s look at some stats:
● Men make half as many doctor visits for prevention as women.
● Men have a higher death rate for most leading causes of death, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and suicide.
● On average, men live about 5 years less than women.
● 1 in 2 men will develop cancer in their lifetime.
● 160,000 men are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.
● 30,000 men in the US die each year from prostate cancer.
Hey guys - you can live a longer and healthier life if you focus on a healthy lifestyle AND see a doctor for annual checkups. Not sure you really need to?
Here’s what’s recommended by age:
In your 20’s and 30’s:
● Annual physical with blood pressure, blood tests, urine tests
● Self-performed testicular exam
● Tetanus booster every 10 years
In your 40’s add:
● Prostate specific antigen (PSA) to test the prostate
● Stool occult blood test to screen the colon
In your 50’s add:
● Colonoscopy every 10 years to screen for colon cancer
Recommendations and frequency of screenings may vary depending on your personal and family history. Your doctor might also order additional screening tests, like an EKG to check your heart, a bone density scan, or testosterone screening. But if you never go for screenings, serious conditions could develop under the radar.
So remember - get screened by your doctor regularly and stay active!