Improving and Maintaining Men’s Health | Cancer Healthcare Screenings

One way to improve and maintain men’s health is cancer healthcare screenings. Men are usually the worlds worst at taking care of their health. Lyrics from a popular country and western song describes a typical male attitude of feeling “ten feet tall and bullet proof.” Obviously that attitude is misguided and more than likely influenced by external factors (insert any number of beers). Ten feet tall and bullet proof or not, it’s still important to work on improving and maintaining men’s health through cancer healthcare screenings.

Some of the recommended health screenings for men start as early as thirteen years of age. These recommendations vary in frequency based on healthcare provider standards. The most common of these is the routine physical exam or preventive health visit. These are general checkups that a family practitioner might do. Although they’re general in nature, they’re still an important part of the overall health picture.

Cancer screenings are a specialized type of exam that men should get on a regular basis. There are a couple of tests for Cancer that doctors generally agree that men should begin at age fifty. They are the Fecal Occult Blood test and Colonoscopy or Sigmoidoscopy. Depending on personal risk factors and family medical history, your Personal Care Physician (PCP) may recommend additional or more frequent screenings.

Doctors also recommend men start getting prostate exams around age fifty to check for signs of cancer. Prostate exams include a digital rectal exam and a PSA (blood test). You may need to begin these test earlier if you earlier if you have a family history or if you’re African-American. If so, talk to your doctor about it.

Skin cancer screenings are also on the list of preventative healthcare screenings for men. Healthcare professionals generally agree that skin cancer screenings should start around eighteen years of age. They advise you do a monthly self-exam and have a clinical exam by a healthcare provider every three years. Depending on personal risk factors and family medical history, your PCP may recommend additional or more frequent screenings.

In addition to the cancer healthcare screenings previously mentioned PCP’s suggest men do a testicular self-exam at least once a month beginning at age thirteen. Healthcare providers generally do a testicular exam during the preventive health visit.

A heart-health screening is also advised by doctors for men beginning at eighteen years of age. Heart health screenings consist of testing for an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm(AAA). This is a one-time test for men with a history of smoking. Heart health screenings also include a blood pressure reading at every visit or at least every one or two years. The last of the heart health screenings is a cholesterol (blood test) check. The blood pressure reading and the cholesterol checks generally start around age eighteen.

As you can see, there are a number of healthcare screenings that are vital to improving and maintaining your health. Making preventive healthcare a priority can make the difference in catching a health problem early enough to treat it versus having a health crisis due to waiting too long. Men are living longer than the men of previous generations so quality of life in the latter years is something we need to consider and act on. Talk to your doctor about how you can improve and maintain men’s health through cancer healthcare screenings.

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