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Published on June 12, 2020

Men's Health & Wellness

Graphic showing male iconsGraphic showing male iconsA healthy lifestyle includes annual wellness check-ups, and any screenings that might be needed according to your age. This article is all about men’s health screenings and why you should take some time to schedule yours today. Talk to your doctor about these important health screenings today. 

Prostate exam – The most common type of prostate exam is a digital rectal exam (DRE) that can help your doctor diagnose an enlarged or inflamed prostate. The exam can also help diagnose prostate cancer, which is the second most common form of cancer among men. 

Cholesterol – A cholesterol test — also called a lipid panel or lipid profile — is a blood test that can measure the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood. The test will help to determine any potential risk of plaque buildup in your arteries that can lead to narrowed or blocked arteries throughout your body (atherosclerosis). This is an important test because it can show any significant risk factors for coronary artery disease. 

Blood Pressure - A blood pressure test measures the pressure in your arteries as your heart pumps. You might have a blood pressure test as a part of a routine doctor's appointment or as a screening for high blood pressure (hypertension). 

Colorectal Cancer Screening – Beginning at age 50 for individuals with average risk, you should have a colorectal cancer screening. PIH Health recommends a colonoscopy screening so any polyps found can be removed during the procedure, instead of having to go back for another visit. This screening is done every 10 years, unless otherwise recommended by your doctor. 

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm – This screening is for current or previous smokers between the ages of 65 and 75 years old. The abdominal aortic aneurysm screening is done just once by having an ultrasound of your abdomen. They will look for an enlargement of the aorta, the main blood vessel that delivers blood to the body. It can be life-threatening if the aorta bursts. 

PIH Health Internal Medicine Specialist, Richard Jordan MD, tell us, “Specific tests and screenings are suggested for men within various age groups, beginning at age 18. It’s important to have the conversation with your doctor each year during your annual checkup so any issues that arise can be addressed. We need to take care of ourselves to stay healthy and well.” 

To find a doctor near you, visit PIHHealth.org/Find-A-Doctor.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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