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If you've been seeing a lot of men growing moustaches this time of the year, it might be because they're taking part in the Movember Foundation's global initiative to recognize November as Men's Health Awareness Month. Aside from being a fundraising effort, it also highlights the pivotal role of preventative healthcare, like annual health examinations, in the early detection and treatment of diseases in men and boys.
Let’s take a look at the essential health screenings for men and the critical statistics that are powering this need for increased awareness.
Over the years, many studies have established that men are hesitant to talk about their health – more so book a doctor's appointment without their spouse’s urging. In a recent national survey by the Cleveland Clinic, they found that:
Getting yourself checked regularly is one of the biggest and most important tenets of preventative healthcare. Whether you're feeling well, seeing a doctor at least once a year has many benefits, including:
An annual physical exam can look different for everyone because it is customized according to your age, known risk factors, and unique medical history. When you come in for your appointment, your doctor will do an initial assessment and recommend screenings or laboratory tests they deem necessary. This will be the basis for your personalized treatment or wellness recommendations.
Here are some examples of tests included in men's preventive health screening charts:
Measuring blood pressure is one of the many ways to identify if a person is at risk for hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, or strokes. The average blood pressure level is less than 120/80 mmHg. Individuals who are overweight, heavy smokers, and drinkers of alcohol have a higher susceptibility to hypertension, a biomarker for cardiovascular diseases.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that all adults over 35 have their cholesterol checked every five years. According to the Mayo Clinic, a healthy total cholesterol goal should not exceed 200 mg/dL. High LDL or harmful cholesterol levels are also associated with coronary heart disease, angina, and strokes.
Suppose you're obese and have a high blood pressure of over 135/80 mm Hg. In that case, your doctor may want to rule out the possibility of diabetes and recommend that you get a hemoglobin A1C blood test, a fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test, or an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).
If you are between 55 and 69 years old, your doctor will prescribe a PSA blood test and possibly a digital rectal exam to effectively screen for prostate cancer. It's the fourth most common cancer in Canada and the top type of cancer in men. Preventative health care is highly critical for this illness. With early intervention, the chances of surviving prostate cancer at least five years after diagnosis is about 93% in Canada.
Men and women are equally at risk for colon cancer when they reach their 50s. However, this disease has a higher chance of progressing in men because they are more likely to avoid a colonoscopy and other relevant screening tests. According to the New York Gastroenterology survey, 63% of men are too embarrassed or afraid, while the remaining 35% refuse to do the test prep.
Melanoma is more prevalent in men by the age of 50 than in women. By the time they reach 65, the risk becomes double and triple at 80. Experts believe that men's skin may be inherently more vulnerable to sun damage than women, plus most of them may neglect the importance of applying sunscreen correctly. Suppose you notice any changes in your skin, such as irregular moles, scaly patches, or numerous actinic keratoses growths. In that case, your doctor may refer you to a dermatologist who can make a definitive diagnosis.
This Men’s Health Awareness Month, get yourself checked. Better yet, encourage the people you know – dads, brothers, sons, and male friends or colleagues – to get their annual screening, too.
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