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Focusing on Men’s Health: Recommended Screenings for Men’s Health Month

Every June, Men’s Health Month serves as a reminder to focus on men’s health, encouraging early detection and treatment of diseases. It aims to raise awareness about preventable health problems, promote healthy living, and encourage men to seek regular medical advice. In this blog post, we delve into the significance of Men’s Health Month and recommend essential screenings every man should prioritize.

The Background on Men’s Health

Despite growing awareness, men are often the least likely to visit a doctor until symptoms become severe. With a propensity towards riskier habits like smoking and excessive drinking, men face higher chances of developing chronic diseases such as heart conditions and cancer. These factors contribute to a stark reality:men’s average life expectancy is five years less than women's

Why Screenings Matter

 Regular screenings play a crucial role in early detection and prevention.  Alarmingly, a national survey revealed that more than half of all men had not seen a doctor in the previous year. Annual wellness exams provide an opportunity for men to discuss recommended screening tests with their healthcare providers, including screening for chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and depression. It is recommended that all adults have a wellness visit every year. 

Recommended Screenings Specifically for Men

  1. Prostate Cancer Screening: Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men. While guidelines vary, men should discuss prostate cancer screening with a prostate-specific antigen test with their healthcare providers, especially if they are over 55 or have a family history of the disease.
  2. AAA screening: Male sex assigned at birth is a significant risk factor for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).  The USPSTF recommends a one-time screening with an abdominal ultrasound for men aged 65-75  who have smoked. Men who have not smoked should talk with their healthcare providers about whether AAA screening is appropriate for them. 
  3. Testicular Cancer Screening: While routine screenings for testicular cancer are not recommended, men should perform self-examinations regularly to detect any abnormalities. Any lumps, swelling, or changes should be promptly reported to a healthcare provider.

Take Action This June

Men’s Health Month is an ideal reminder for men to prioritize their health. This June, encourage your loved ones to schedule health screenings, adopt healthy lifestyle habits, and prioritize their overall well-being. Early detection and preventive care are pivotal steps toward leading a longer, healthier life.

Published by Katy Vogelaar, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CNE June 6, 2024
Katy Vogelaar, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CNE