SSM Health Medical Minute – June is Men’s Health Month
ST. LOUIS – Men’s Health Month raises awareness of the health issues that all men face.
Hosted by the Men’s Health Network since 1992, June marks the annual celebration of raising awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease in men and boys.
Staying healthy is important, and if you’re like most men, you might not be as proactive about your health as you should be.
Detecting the disease early exponentially increases the chances of overcoming it. It is important to get the screening tests you need regularly. Make sure to plan your annual physical exam and stay on top of your health.
Some health problems only affect men. Prostate cancer or low testosterone, for example, are common ailments that affect millions of men every year.
“Up to 40% of men don’t see a primary care provider until they have a serious health problem,” said Dr. Rajen Doshi, urologist with SSM Health Medical Group at St. Mary.
As men get older, the prostate gets bigger. Doctors say that at an early stage prostate cancer has no symptoms, so the sooner the better.
“An enlarged prostate with urinary symptoms should be evaluated by a urologist and sexual health as well,” Doshi said. “A lot of men wait and are embarrassed by this situation and don’t come and that’s what we’re here for. It’s not bothersome for us and we want to talk about it and overall look at them and try to make them healthy. I encourage all men to come forward to their primary care providers and really talk about men’s health from head to toe.
Comprehensive care that is specific to men may include:
- Annual physical and preventive care exams
- Acute conditions
- Cholesterol management
- Coronary artery disease
- Vaccinations and advice before travel
To learn more about men’s health services, click here.
The SSM Health Medical Minute airs Wednesdays on News 11 at 7 p.m. and FOX 2 News at 9 p.m.
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