Local doctors discuss the importance of men’s health, screenings
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Most doctors agree that preventive screenings and doctor visits can make all the difference to your health, but for men, some have a problem.
A new study from the National Cleveland Clinic shows that almost 60% of men do not see a doctor regularly.
We spoke with local groups who want more men to become proactive.
Medical Associates Plus will host CSRA’s first male-focused health expo at the Bernie Ward Community Center on June 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The health group says this event will be a blessing to many. It is free and open to everyone.
“Men don’t seem to realize that their health matters too. They do everything but take care of their health,” said Dr. Yvonne Johnson, chief medical officer, Medical Associates Plus.
Data from the Cleveland Clinic revealed that only three out of five men have annual checkups. MAP tells us that 80% of the people they see are women and 20% are men.
They are looking to change those numbers.
“We want to connect men to health care, to provide you with a patient-centered medical home, to give you the option of compression care,” she said.
The theme of the health fair is “Men matter too”. Doctors want you to know that even though you feel fine, something is wrong.
“The main conditions for men are cardiovascular disease, cancer, COPD, pneumonia, influenza, diabetes, suicide, kidney disease, chronic liver disease and scoliosis.
The exhibit will give blood pressure, blood sugar, cancer screenings, COVID tests and vaccines. Men can also get a food voucher from local farmers.
“There’s a lot we can prevent by jumping on it early with this preventative care,” Johnson said.
Doctors hope to break down the stigma surrounding men and health care.
“Part of it is cultural, how people are brought up. Part of it is a stigma for asking for help. Men think ‘I need to save time to earn money and keep myself busy. of the family’ and put themselves last,” she said.
Men will be able to make an appointment for follow-up care.
Augusta University is hosting a free health fair on June 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can register at the Warren Road Community Center on the day of the event.
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