Everyone knows that a baby-pink ribbon is for breast cancer awareness. But what about a baby-blue ribbon? Did you know it’s for prostate awareness?
Men’s health tends to take a back seat in our society. But men are just like women – when they put off doctor visits and health screenings, their whole families can suffer. That can mean preventable health care costs, chronic health problems, and even death. So in honor of Men’s Health Month which is June we’ve compiled five life- and money-saving health screenings for you or the men in your life…
1. Lipid screening
Heart Disease…One of the best ways to prevent it is to monitor your lipid profile, a blood test that measures your total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, and triglycerides. The worst part of the test? You have to fast the night before.
The American Heart Association recommends that adults over age 20 have their lipids tested once every five years. Adults over age 45 or with certain heart disease risk factors should be tested more often. If you don’t know when you were last tested, simply call your doctor and ask.
2. Prostate cancer screening
This screening can involve a blood test that measures the level of prostate-specific antigens (PSA). The American Society recommends that men talk to their doctor so they can make an informed decision starting at age 50, or if they have certain risk factors, age 45.
3. Colorectal cancer screening
“Colrectal cancer trails only lung cancer and prostate cancer when it comes to killing American men. The good news is that this disease is frequently curable when discovered in its earliest stages. “The American Cancer Society suggests that adults be screened for colorectal cancer every five or 10 years starting at age 50 – or earlier if they have certain risk factors.
4. Hypertension (high blood pressure) screening
The don’t call it the silent killer for nothing. Untreated high blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and stroke – the fourth-leading cause of death.
But if detected early, hypertension is easily controlled with diet, exercise, or medicane. It is recommend that adults over age 18 check their blood pressure regularly. If you don’t see your doctor regularly, find a local pharmacy with a reliable, free blood-pressure machine and keep a log. Just make sure to consult your doctor if your blood pressure tops 120/80 –
5. Skin cancer screening
How often you should get screened depends on factors like how much time you spend outside and whether you have a history of skin cancer. But if you’ve never been screened, it’s time.See a board-certified dermatologist or check whether the American Academy of Dermatology offers its free skin cancer screenings in your area.
We hope you all had a fantastic Fathers’s Day and many more to to come!