Father’s Day is right around the corner and June is Men’s Health Month, so now is a good time to focus on the health of the men in our lives. Men tend to use less healthcare services than women, and more often the women make the healthcare decisions for the family. Men often receive less screenings and preventative care than women, especially for cancer. We need to encourage all men to get regular health checkups and take the proper measures to stay healthy!As we get older, it’s increasingly important to get routine screenings for a variety of diseases and conditions. Early detection is key for so many conditions, so we need to encourage men to get the necessary screenings before anything develops. This Father’s Day, encourage the men in your life to take charge of their health with regular health checkups.
Why Do You Need Health Checkups?
Regular health checkups can greatly reduce the risk of many diseases. Screenings can help doctors find a problem before it even starts, or catch a disease in the early stages. With many diseases and conditions, the chances of a full recovery greatly decease as the condition progresses. Catching a problem during a regular screening, before it progresses, can give you the chance for a longer, healthier life.
When Should You Start Screenings?
Some tests, like blood pressure, should be performed every year starting at age 20. Others should begin at a young age as well but don’t need to be performed as often, such as physicals and blood tests. If you have risk factors for certain conditions, your doctor may recommend that you start those screenings earlier than usual. As you age, there will be more screenings that should be performed on a regular basis.
How Do You Know What Screenings to Get?
You doctor can recommend the screenings that you need based on your age, race, family history, and other factors. There are also checklists like the one below from the Men’s Health Network that can give you a general idea of what tests need to be performed and when. Use this chart as a starting point and talk to your doctor about any specific areas of concern.Clayton at 919-585-8850 or in Kenly at 919-284-4149.