This summer, use some of your downtime to schedule an annual visit with your primary care physician – an appointment that may just save your life. The yearly men's wellness exam is almost always covered by insurance and is a great way to make sure you're staying on track for a long, healthy life.
What other exams should I consider?
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm: If you're between the ages of 65 and 75 and have smoked 100 or more cigarettes in your lifetime, you should be screened for abdominal aortic aneurysm, an abnormally large or swollen blood vessel in your abdomen.
- Colorectal cancer: A colonoscopy is a must starting at age 50, but you may need the screening earlier if you have a family history of colorectal cancer.
- Diabetes: The fasting blood test is the preferred method for diagnosing diabetes, an increasingly common disease in the U.S.
- High cholesterol: Have your cholesterol checked regularly with a blood test starting at age 35. If you're younger and smoke, have diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease, ask about the need for a cholesterol check.
- Prostate cancer: Men over age 50 should have a PSA blood test and digital rectal examination annually to screen for prostate cancer. If you're over 40 but in a high-risk group (African-American and/or have a family history of prostate cancer), seriously consider having the screening.
A wide variety of screenings can help identify health problems and detect diseases early, when they're easier to treat. Talk to your family doctor about your health concerns to see what's best for you.
Where can I get these exams?
All HonorHealth Medical Group primary care locations offer men's health exams and many types of preventive screenings. More than 30 HonorHealth primary care locations are conveniently located around the valley.