Last month, we gave you information about National Osteoporosis Awareness Month and how you can stay informed about your bone density as you age. However, now we have moved onto June and this is the month that is meant to focus on men’s health as a whole. This is the month when medical professionals suggest that men learn more about the importance of screening for diseases that typically affect males. In this post, we are going to speak more on which sorts of diseases men should be worried about the most, and how they can take steps to prevent them this month and for months to come. Continue reading below to learn more.
What Sorts of Diseases Should Men be Screening For?
Among the most common diseases that affect men, are likely the ones you hear about most when you are flipping through the channels on your television. But just to clarify, let’s list them off.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm, or triple-A (leading cause of death in men over the age of 60)
Prostate cancer (the most common form of cancer in American men)
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as BPH
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
This serious condition is an enlargement of the aorta, which is the main blood vessel in your body that delivers blood from one area to another. When you are at risk of developing an Abdominal aortic aneurysm, there may be absolutely no signs ahead of time. This is why screenings are so incredibly important. By having a simple and quick ultrasound, your doctor can determine if an aneurysm exists and whether or not it is growing. When discovered, your doctor will choose whether or not it should be monitored moving forward or if surgery is required.
This is probably the condition you are most familiar with as awareness surrounding prostate cancer has increased significantly over the last couple of decades. The main symptoms of prostate cancer are subtle. These are things like having trouble urinating, but often there are not any symptoms at all. This is why physicians are adamant that men over the age of 40 begin to have regular prostate exams. Additionally, prostate cancer screenings are also used no. By using a simple blood test known as a prostate-specific antigen (PSA), doctors can assess the risk their patient is at of developing prostate cancer in the future.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
While this condition is not fatal, it certainly can cause an overall decrease in your quality of life. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is simply an enlargement of the prostate gland that makes urinating extremely difficult. This condition is not thought to be a precursor to prostate cancer, but it can lead to a number of health problems such as infection, bladder stones, and overall reduced kidney function. Depending on the severity of a person’s condition, a physician may suggest medications that will relax the bladder or shrink the prostate. Surgery is also an option in more severe cases.
Man Up & Get Screened This June
If you can’t remember the last time you saw a physician or had a screening, it’s time to take some initiative this month. Contact Vision Imaging of Kingston today and find out if we can make you an appointment for a screening sometime soon. We would be happy to help you.