This June, we’re sharing insights from clinicians throughout our Dignity Well being Medical Teams on subjects which are essential to males’s well being. Earlier this month we heard from clinicians specializing in cardiology, behavioral health and urology about essential reminders for males in every of their respective areas.

Research present that males have a tendency to go to medical doctors lower than ladies. Routine checkups are key to discovering issues earlier than they flip into main well being points. We caught up with Joshua Ostrue, DO, a Household Drugs doctor with Dignity Health Woodland Clinic about different essential well being issues and screenings males ought to pay attention to.

What are essential screenings that males of various ages ought to make certain to not skip?

Dr. Ostrue:

Blood strain ought to be measured no less than yearly. Males with different threat elements comparable to diabetes, heart problems and/or weight problems ought to have their blood strain checked extra regularly. Untreated hypertension can have long-term well being damaging results and is an indicator of threat for coronary heart illness, stroke, kidney illness and vascular illness.

Colorectal most cancers is the third main reason behind most cancers associated loss of life in males within the U.S. Final 12 months, the advisable colorectal cancer screening age was lowered from age 50 to age 45, attributable to a rise in circumstances of colorectal most cancers in males at youthful ages. Screening checks search for most cancers and polyps (potential most cancers forming lesions), however they’ll additionally assist detect ulcers, irritation, and causes for unexplained blood or modifications in bowel habits.

By far, the commonest methodology of screening for colorectal most cancers is a colonoscopy. Getting a colonoscopy has a popularity for being uncomfortable and even barely embarrassing, however in the end it’s a brief, life-saving process. Different testing choices embrace imaging, stool DNA testing and stool blood testing.

Belly Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening. AAA is the enlargement of the primary blood vessel that delivers blood to the physique and could be life threatening if it turns into massive sufficient to rupture. This situation predominantly impacts people who smoke and is between three to 4 occasions extra more likely to have an effect on males than ladies. Males between the ages of 65 and 76 ought to obtain a one-time ultrasound screening for AAA if they’ve ever smoked.

Dental screenings and cleanings not solely maintain your breath recent and tooth trying good, however additionally they assist to detect dental cavities and totally different sorts of oral cancers. Males are round twice as more likely to develop oral cancers in comparison with ladies. Additionally it is essential to deal with cavities in a well timed method, not solely as a result of they trigger dental decay and an infection however additionally they enhance the chance of creating coronary heart valve illness. Males of all ages ought to go to their dentist no less than twice a 12 months or each six months for screenings.

Attain out to your major care supplier to debate potential screenings you’re due for. Seek the advice of our “Find a Doctor” instrument to discover a Dignity Well being physician in your space.Meet Dr. Ostrue