Women Care About Men’s Health Too: The Check-Ups Your Guy Needs

ThinkstockPhotos-177425838It’s a known fact that women pay better attention to their health than men—sorry all you guys out there! But as women, we care not only about our own health but for the health of others in our lives especially the men.

Men’s health issues have a significant impact on everyone around them. And because women typically live longer than men, we’re in a unique position to encourage the men in our lives to take good care of themselves.

During National Men’s Health Month this June, we’re sharing the most important medical examinations and screenings the men in your life need to ensure they stay strong and healthy.

Physical Examinations. Physical exams by a primary care provider are recommended every year. Depending on age and medical history, the provider may recommend blood and urine tests to screen for various illnesses and diseases.

Screening for Testicular Cancer. Monthly self-exams and yearly exams by a doctor unless an abnormality is found.

Screening for Prostate Cancer. Age 50 for men who are at average risk of prostate cancer. Men at a higher risk should talk to their doctor about being screened, regardless of age. If a screening is normal, it’s recommended to be retested at least every two years.

Screening for Lung Cancer. Recommended after age 55 for those at high risk of lung cancer due to cigarette smoking.

Colonoscopy. Both men and women should have a colonoscopy every 10 years unless your physician says otherwise.

In addition to these examinations and screenings, encourage the men in your life to exercise regularly – at least 30 minutes per day, get enough sleep – at least 7-8 hours per day and eat healthy, well-balanced meals.

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