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Why Men Should Stay On Top of Their Health Screenings

As we’ve navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, many patients have delayed their annual exams (and still are). This number is especially high among males.

It’s very important for men to pay attention to their annual exams because it allows you to stay on top of your screenings.

Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Screenings

One of these screenings is a prostate cancer screening. Men who are age 40 with a first-degree relative who had prostate cancer at an early age are at a higher risk. Men who are age 45 who have African American heritage or a family history of prostate cancer are at an increased risk for prostate cancer as well. And after age 50, all men are at an increased risk for developing prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer occurs when cancerous cells form in the tissue of the prostate. There is a blood test that your physician can order for you to determine whether you should be referred to a prostate cancer specialist. This test measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood.

There are two groups of men at a higher risk for being diagnosed with prostate cancer and should be tested beginning at age 40: all men with a family history of prostate cancer and African American men.

If you have questions about whether you have an increased cancer risk, your doctor can help you determine whether you should be screened early.

Blood Pressure Screenings

High blood pressure is the top risk factor for heart disease, which is why adult men should have their blood pressure checked once a year. If you’re at an increased risk for heart disease, you may need to have your blood pressure checked more often.

Cholesterol Screenings

High cholesterol can put you at a greater risk for heart disease and stroke. All men over 35 should have their cholesterol checked at least every 2 years with a simple blood test. You may need to get your cholesterol checked more often or at an earlier age if you:

  • Are overweight

  • Have a family history of heart disease

  • Have diabetes or high blood pressure

  • Smoke

Diabetes Screenings

A blood test can be used to check your blood glucose levels, and if these levels are elevated, your doctor may order additional testing. This additional testing may include an A1C test, which uses a small sample of blood to determine your average blood sugar level over the last 3 months.

Your glucose level should be checked every year during your annual exam. Schedule an appointment to talk to your doctor about diabetes if you have any unusual or prolonged symptoms like:

  • Frequent urination

  • Severe thirst

  • Tingling in your hands or feet

  • Unexplained weight loss

Comprehensive Care for Men

An annual exam is an important opportunity to connect with your doctor and discuss any concerns you may have. It also gives your doctor the opportunity to order any screenings to keep you healthy & strong.

From screenings to care for more common conditions, Advanced HealthCare is here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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