The importance of going for a health checkup at the right time cannot be overstated. This is especially true for some men who tend to follow the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy. Unfortunately, good health is not something you can afford to take for granted. Just like any highly complex and intricate machine, your body needs a regular checkup. Screenings can help diagnose and treat diseases even before you have any symptoms. Here are a few conditions that are best nipped in the bud:
Skin Cancer: Men are more at risk of developing skin cancer when compared to women. The risk increases considerably as you get older. Any changes in the size, shape, and color of moles or marks on your skin should be brought to the notice of your doctor. The earlier the diagnosis, the less disfiguring will be the treatment.
Prostate Cancer: The second most common type of cancer found in American men. For men with a strong family history, screenings should begin by age 40. For those with an average risk, your doctor may recommend screening from the age of 50. African-American men are at a higher risk and usually require screening by 45.
Testicular Cancer: This is an uncommon form of cancer seen in men between 20 and 54 years of age. A testicular exam is recommended every time you have a routine history and physical.
Colorectal Cancer: The risk of developing this type of cancer is slightly higher in men. The most common test for colon cancer is a colonoscopy which can be used to identify and remove colon polyps before they turn cancerous.
High Blood Pressure: Hypertension is also known as “The Silent Killer” because most people are unaware they have it until it’s too late. Regular check-ups are an important way to identify and treat this condition.
Hypercholesterolemia: High cholesterol levels can lead to narrowing of your arteries without causing noticeable symptoms until there is a severe blockage resulting in a heart attack. A simple fasting blood test will help you stay ahead of this disease.
Diabetes: One-third of Americans who are diabetic don’t even know they have this disease. A blood glucose test can help you avoid complications of diabetes such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness.
June is National Men’s Health Month in the US and is celebrated throughout the country with screenings, health fairs, and other outreach activities. Now is the favorable time for men to take charge of their health.