June in National Men’s Health Awareness Month

National Men’s Health Awareness Month

June, 2014


The CDC states that men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death and die almost five years earlier than women. Women are also 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services than men.


Checkups   and Screenings When? Ages
20-39 40-49 50+
Physical Exam

Review overall health   status, perform a thorough physical exam, and discuss health related topics.

Every 3 Yrs X X X
Every 2 Yrs
Every Yr
Blood Pressure

High blood pressure   (hypertension) has no symptoms, but can cause permanent damage to body   organs.

Every Yr X X X

TB Skin Test

Should be done on occasion of   exposure or suggestive symptoms at direction of physician. Some occupations   may require more frequent testing for public health indications.

Every 5 Yrs X X X
Blood Tests & Urinalysis

Screens   for various illnesses and diseases (such as cholesterol, diabetes, kidney or   thyroid dysfunction) before symptoms occur.

Every 3 Yrs X X X
Every 2 Yrs
Every Yr

EKG Electrocardiogram

Screens for heart   abnormalities.

Baseline Age 30 X X
Every 2 Yrs
Every Yr
Tetanus Booster

Prevents lockjaw.

Every 10 Yrs X X X

Rectal Exam

Screens for hemorrhoids, lower   rectal problems, colon and prostate cancer (see PSA Blood Test, below).

Every Yr X X X
PSA Blood Test

Prostate Specific Antigen   (PSA) is produced by the prostate. Levels rise when there is an abnormality   such as an infection, enlargement or cancer. Testing should be done in   collaboration with your physician.

Every Yr X

Screens the stool for microscopic   amounts of blood that can be the first indication of polyps or colon cancer.

Every Yr X X
Colorectal Health

A flexible scope examines   the rectum, sigmoid and descending colon for cancer at its earliest and   treatable stages. It also detects polyps, which are benign growths that can   progress to cancer if not found early.

Every   3-4 Yrs X
Chest X-Ray

Should be considered in smokers   over the age of 45. The usefulness of this test on a yearly basis is   debatable due to poor cure rates of lung cancer.

Discuss   with a physician X X

Bone   Health

Bone mineral density test. Testing is best done   under the supervision of your physician.

Discuss with a   physician Age 60
Self Exams                                                         Testicle: To   find lumps in their earliest sages. Skin: To look for signs of changing   moles, freckles, or early skin cancer.                                                              

Oral: To look   for signs of cancerous lesions in the mouth.

Breast: To find abnormal lumps   in their earliest stages.

Monthly   by self X X X


Screening Low testosterone   symptoms include low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, fatigue and depression.   Initial screening for symptoms with a questionnaire followed by a simple   blood test.

Discuss   with a physician X X
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

Sexually   active adults who consider themselves at risk for STDs should be screened for   syphilis, chlamydia, HIV, and other STDs.

Under   physician supervision X X X



How to Increase Men’s Health?


Eat Healthy. Say no to super-sizing and yes to a healthy breakfast. Eating different types of foods will help you get all the vitamins you need. Eat at least one fruit or vegetable to every meal.

Get Moving. Play with your kids or grandkids. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do yard work. Play a sport. Choose activities that you enjoy to stay motivated.

Make Prevention a Priority. Many health conditions can be prevented or detected early with regular checkups from your healthcare provider. Please see below to know when you should be tested.



** It is best to see your primary care physician regularly in order to live a healthy life. Please call 773-702-0660 to make an appointment at Friend Family Health Center. **








Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Current month ye@r day *