We often read about things that women are encouraged to check before it’s too late. However, what about men? Are there any common health issues for men? The answer is yes. Men are as equally prone to numerous health problems as women.
Although they may be different from women, here are the five things that men need to get checked ASAP.
In most cases, the prostate check is done when you are around 40 to 50 years old. In Saudi Arabia, the rate of prostate cancer was reported to have increased between the year 2001 – 2008. It is the second most frequent cancer in Saudi Arabia to cause the highest mortality, according to the Saudi Med Journal published in 2018.
Although prostate cancer grows rather slowly, that is not always the case. There are also fast and aggressive prostate cancer that can develop in under two years. Even though the symptoms tend to appear in older ages, it is still necessary to get a screen test at an earlier age. The earlier the disease is found, the higher the chance the treatments will be more effective before symptoms develop.
However, if you are over 50 years old, it is recommended to get an annual prostate cancer screening.
It is also essential to understand your family medical history for prostate cancer. Studies revealed that men with a prostate cancer family history are twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Check
Although blood pressure and high cholesterol levels can affect both men and women, it is often suggested that men should take blood pressure and cholesterol check sooner. The reason for this is because high cholesterol starts in the 20s and develops with your age.
Additionally, high cholesterol also puts men at greater risk for heart attacks, strokes, and artery diseases.
Same with prostate cancer, high cholesterol is also hereditary. So, you need to understand your family medical history for high cholesterol.
Additionally, it is recommended for men in their 20s to check for blood pressure and cholesterol levels every five years.
A high level of LDL cholesterol can cause sticky plaques to build up in the arteries and eventually increases your risk of heart disease. Not only heart disease, but atherosclerosis can also progress to give you a heart attack or a stroke without visible symptoms.
There is good news. However, younger men who exercise regularly can reduce the risk of age-related cholesterol development. A study conducted by the University of South Carolina revealed that aerobic in particular is delaying the onset of high cholesterol.
In Saudi Arabia specifically, colorectal cancer is the most common cancer followed by prostate cancer.
Colorectal cancer develops slowly and typically starts as colon polyps before cancer grows and spreads to other parts of the body.
Colonoscopy and colorectal cancer screening tests usually are done when you reach 40 years old. Additionally, it is recommended to get the screening test once every ten years.
Similar to prostate cancer, although it mostly develops when you are older, it is always recommended to get a test at earlier ages as treatments will work most effectively when it is at the earliest stage. Especially for those with a history of colon cancer in the family.
Testicular Cancer Test
Testicular cancer tests should be done as early as possible. Most men have testicular cancer screen test at the age of 20. Testicular cancer test is suggested by medical experts to be performed once every month.
Although testicular cancer is a relatively rare cancer, it is the most common type of cancer that attacks young men within the age of 15 to 44 years old.
Despite that, when diagnosed early, 95% of testicular cancer cases are treated and cured. Testicular cancer test can be done by yourself. It is recommended that you regularly check for any swelling on the scrotal skin. Also, it is best to check after a warm shower when your skin is relaxed.
You should seek a doctor immediately when you feel any testicular lumps, bumps, or any irregularities. Not all lumps and bumps are cancerous, but it is always better to check and get definite answers from the experts.
Blood Sugar Level Test
It is true that a high blood sugar level can affect both men and women. However, diabetes tends to have a different effect based on the gender of the diabetics.
Men with diabetes are more likely to experience a heart attack although women tend to have more fatal heart attacks caused by diabetes.
Not only diabetes but higher blood sugar levels can also develop into chronic diseases such as heart disease, kidney damage, and erectile dysfunction.
Making an appointment or considering a checkup is not always a nuisance. You can consult with medical experts or your health care provider to be sure. If you are having difficulties finding the time to consult with professionals, you can always try the Okadoc app that enables you to book your appointment with medical professionals 24/7 online.
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