June 16, 2022 – Studies have shown that men are less likely to schedule their annual visit to the doctor due to worries, fear or even shame.

Avinash Persad, DO

“Men tend to be more reactive than proactive with their health,” said Avinash Persad, DO, a family physician with Broward Health Physician Group. “Statistics show that one out of every three men do not have a primary care physician.

According to health experts, annual screenings for men are crucial to maintaining good health, as early detection is essential to treating an illness. Why not make this the month to schedule that long overdue physical or screening?

Luckily, June is Men’s Health Month and is the perfect opportunity for men to schedule a physical and make sure they are up-to-date on routine tests and screenings.

Whether a man is screened for prostate and colorectal cancer depends on his age and risk factors such as a family history, but aside from that, annual exams should test for:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular
  • Cholesterol
  • Eyesight
  • Hypertension
  • skin cancer
  • Testicular exam

Maintaining a healthy diet along with regular exercise are always a good idea. As is having a frank discussion with your doctor about lifestyle choices such as tobacco cessation and alcohol usage.

“It’s most important to have a good relationship with your doctor so you feel comfortable speaking up,” Persad added. “Listen to your body and don’t feel ashamed to say you feel like something’s not right.”

“Prostate cancer is usually top-of-mind for men’s health concerns because it is one of the most common of men’s health issues,” Dr. Persad said.

But with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests and updated screening guidance from the US Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society, the uncomfortable physical exam may not be needed unless symptoms warrant.

“Every man’s prostate enlarges over time, but medications that lower the PSA can slow that process down,” Persad explained. “However, it’s important to remember that doesn’t reduce or prevent cancer.”

According to Persad, some prostate cancers can be aggressive and spread rapidly. “The benefit of screening is catching the growth at an early age when it is extremely treatable,” he said.

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