Did you know that one in three men do not have a regular doctor? And did you know that women are 100% more likely to have an annual check-up than men? However, men are certainly no less likely to become ill or need regular screenings than women. So, in case you or a loved one might need some convincing, here are some reasons why you need to make your health a priority.
Annual Check-Up: All Ages
Family History. Depending on your family’s genetic predisposition, your risk for certain health issues may be greater, regardless of how well you take care of yourself. Once your doctor is aware of your family’s health history, you can determine a plan of action to anticipate any changes in your health accordingly.
Blood Test and Urinalysis. A basic screening of your blood and urine will determine your cholesterol, blood sugar, and hormone levels. This will give your doctor an important starting point for evaluating your health. If you are already healthy, the results of this blood test will act as a baseline for future screenings.
Hernia and Testicular Cancer Check. Hernias in the abdominal wall and a testicular cancer check can be done with a quick testicle screening. Since testicular cancer can strike men at any age, your doctor can give you further information about regular self-examinations.
Blood Pressure and Lung Function. By reviewing your blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration rate, a doctor can tell a great deal about any underlying health issues regarding your heart and lung health.
Vaccinations. Depending on how long it has been since your last examination, your vaccination record will need to be reviewed. A tetanus booster is suggested every 10 years, and flu shots are suggested once a year.
Questions. Don’t be proud; now is the time to ask. Whether you are struggling with a sports injury, sudden impotence or bothersome digestion issues, your doctor is there to help put an end to any of your health concerns. There is nothing they haven’t heard–so ask.
Annual Check-Up after Age 30
A baseline EKG should be arranged to assist with future screenings for heart abnormalities.
Annual Check-Up after Age 40
A hemocult exam using a stool sample will screen for any blood in the stool. Certain kinds of blood could indicate polyps or the onset of colon cancer. Also, a regular lung x-ray should be considered for any smoker over the age of 45. And prostate examinations will begin after the age of 40. A blood test can check testosterone levels and prostate specific antigens in men with a history of prostate cancer in their family.
Annual Check-Up after Age 50
Since 9 out of 10 cases of colon cancer occur in men over the age of 50, an annual colonoscopy should be scheduled for men over 50. Also, bone mineral density tests are considered for men after the age of 60.
Don’t Forget Self-Exams
During your annual check-up, don’t forget to learn more about testicular and skin cancer self-examinations. These tests are very easy to do at home and are your first line of defense against two very treatable forms of cancer.
Here at Denton Regional Medical Center, we’re dedicated to keeping your entire family healthy. For more information on preventative check-ups and men’s health, please visit us online or call 940-898-0619 for a free physician referral.
Checklist for Your Next Checkup (UAB Medicine)
Importance of Regular Check-Ups (Ask Men)