Encouraging the men in your life to seek preventive health care

Men are not always the best about seeking preventive health care , but every June offers an opportunity to get back on track. June is Men’s Health Month, a time dedicated to educating men and their loved ones about important issues, including preventive care. If the men in your life are reluctant to get the preventive care they need, point out these advantages to them.

Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke

One of the things that physicians check during preventive care appointments is blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. Each of these results tells doctors a great deal about your risk for having a heart attack or stroke.

When a physician diagnoses high blood pressure or high cholesterol, he or she can begin a treatment plan to get them under control so that they don’t lead to a heart attack or stroke. Without preventive care, however, the first time you may learn you have these conditions is when you are getting emergency care.

Men need these tests every 3-5 years between the ages of 18 and 39 and annually after that. If you have heart disease, your physician may want to check them more often.

Reduced risk of prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is generally slow to progress, so with early diagnosis, it is generally very treatable. Since men are screened for prostate cancer during their preventive care appointments, it gives them an opportunity to get diagnosed early, when treatment is less invasive and more effective.

Prostate cancer often doesn’t cause any symptoms in its earliest stages, so preventive screenings are even more important. Your physician may recommend screenings beginning at age 50, or earlier, based on your risk factors.

Reduced risk of colon cancer

Much like prostate cancer, colon cancer is slow moving and highly treatable when diagnosed early. During a colonoscopy, your physician can find and remove polyps before they even become cancer.

Most men start screenings at age 50, but your physician will help you determine the right time for you, based on your family history of the disease.

Encourage the men in your life to contact Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center for a referral to a physician who can provide preventive care. Simply call our hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 916-5023 for a physician referral and to get answers to your questions about our services.

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