“There is a silent health crisis in the America…it’s the fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.”
--Dr. David Gremillion, Men’s Health Network
Did you know:
- On average, men die 5 years younger than women and die at higher rates from 9 of the top 10 causes of death.
- Men go to the doctor less than women
- Men are three times more likely to die from suicide than women
At Conway Regional, we’re dedicated to reaching men in the communities we serve.
Our Men’s Health Initiative's goal is to educate and empower men to take control of their health and wellness.
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Upcoming Men's Health Webinar
Date: Thursday, Jan. 7th, 2021
Topic: Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Previous Men's Health Webinar
Date: Thursday, Sept. 3rd, 2020
Recording of webinar: https://crhs.healthcare/3k9ZcpP
Learn more about various health screenings below.
Establish care with your personal care provider at the age of 18.
Establish care by first completing a physical at age 18. This will need to be done every 1-3 years until age 50 or more frequently based on your personal risk factors. Starting at age 50 a yearly physical will need to be done. A physical will include the following: Lab drawn blood test, blood pressure, BMI, immunization screening, sexual health screening, tobacco screening. Mental health screening.
Schedule a wellness screening with a PCP in your area!
Prostate Cancer Screening
Please contact your doctor about getting a prostate cancer screening if you are experiencing the following symptoms or meet the age requirement. Painful urination, trouble urinating, trouble holding urine or trouble emptying your bladder. If you find blood in your urine or semen. Constant pain in your lower back, hips, thighs or pelvis. Having trouble getting or keeping an erection. Get screened at age 40 if multiple family members have ever been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Get screened at the age of 45 if you are African American or if only one of your family members has ever been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Get screened at age 50 if your doctor has determined you are at average risk.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms your doctor can perform one of two screening test. The Digital Rectal Examination or the Prostate Specific antigen blood test. The DRE is performed by the doctor inserting a gloved and lubricated finer into the mans rectum to feel for any abnormalities of the prostate though the bowel wall. The PSA test measures the amount of prostate specific antigen in the mans blood. Measuring PSA will detect early stage prostate cancer in men that have many risk factors. This will allow men to get treatment quickly before the cancer spreads.
Colon Cancer Screening
Begin screening for colon cancer at age 45 if your doctor has determined you have an average risk or if you are African American. Start screening at age 40 if your doctor has determined that you are above average risk. Please contact your doctor is you are experiencing any of the following symptoms. If you notice that you have blood in your stool or if you are having unusual bowel movements. Persistent abdominal pain such as cramps, gas or the feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely. Also having unexplained weight loss mixed with fatigue and weakness.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms your doctor can perform one of three test. A colonoscopy is the most accurate of the three test. In order for your doctor to see the lining of your colon accurately you must first remove all waste by avoiding solid food and drinking a solution that will clean you out. This solution will be drank the day before the procedure is done and will cause you to have to use the restroom many times. On the day of the procedure your doctor will sedate you and insert a flexible tube with video capability into your rectum and through the length of your colon. He will be able to see any obstructions or polyps in your colon and remove them. The second option would be to have a virtual colonoscopy. This screening test calls for the same preparation as the colonoscopy. However instead of an invasive tube the doctor will take low dose CT scan of your abdomen and pelvis to create a 3D imagine to view polyps or any other abnormalities. If polyps are found during the virtual test, a colonoscopy will need to be scheduled so they can be removed. A third option would be having a stool sample tested for signs of colon cancer. There are three types of stool sample test. The DNA stool sample test detects changes in the DNA that are specific to colon cancer growth. The fecal occult blood test (FIT) checks your stool for proteins that are found in blood, if you have these proteins in your stool it could be sign you have colon cancer. The fecal occult blood test (FOBT) closely exams the stool for any trace of blood, if the amount of blood found is significant, your doctor will advise you to get a colonoscopy.
Testicular Cancer Screening
Men can start self-examining their testes at age 18. Monitor your testes for lumps or abnormalities. This type of cancer effects men age 20-34 and if caught early has a 99% chance of successful treatment.
During a cardiovascular screening following will be examined: Blood pressure, Cholesterol, body weight, blood glucose, tobacco use, activity level and diet.
Blood Pressure Readings
Hypertension greatly increases your chances of getting heart disease or having a stroke. If you blood pressure is normal your doctor will check it every two to three years. If you are hypertensive your doctor will monitor your blood pressure more frequently, potentially prescribe blood pressure medicine and recommend appropriate lifestyle changes.
BMI - Body Mass Index: Body weight in relation to your height. If your BMI is high, this can cause several health problems such as heart disease and stroke.
|Normal||18.5 - 24.9|
|Overweight||25 - 29.9|
|Obesity I||30 - 34.9|
|Obesity II||35 - 39.9|
|Obesity III||Over 39.9|
BMI CALCULATION EXAMPLE
BMI= Weight (kg)/ height (m2)
Height: 5ft, 6in
Step 1: 150lbs / 2.2= 68.18kg
Step 2: 66in X 0.0254= 1.68m
Step 3: 68.18kg / (1.68) m2
Step 4: 68.18kg / 2.82 = 24.2 Normal BMI
MAJOR SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
Ischemia - Lack of oxygenated blood flow to tissues that cause pain in the chest, neck, jaw, arms and heart. Ischemia can be brought on from exertion, excitement, stress or after eating. Also, you may experience a contracting, squeezing, heaviness or burning pain in several areas of your body. This includes the neck, cheeks, teeth, forearms, fingers and across the mid-thorax (chest).
Dyspnea - Shortness of breath. This is cause for concern when brought on at rest or with mild exertion.
Syncope - Fainting and dizziness. Several cardiac problems can cause an inadequate blood flow to the brain causing you to faint or feel dizzy.
Orthopnea - Trouble breathing while sleeping. This is caused by poor left ventricular function. If you find you need to sleep sitting up in a recliner you may have orthopnea.
Ankle Edema - Ankle swelling that is suggestive of heart failure, blood clot, insufficiencies of the veins or a lymph system blockage.
Palpitations - Rapid beating or fluttering of the heart. It is also defined as an unpleasant awareness of the forceful or rapid beating of the heart. This can be brought on by various heart rhythm disorders such as tachycardia and bradycardia.
Heart murmurs - Unusual sounds caused by blood flowing through the heart which is indicative of valvular or other cardiovascular disease.
Intermittent claudication - Severe calf pain when walking, often described as a cramp that only last about one to two minutes. The pain comes from the lack of oxygenated blood flow to the working muscle. Coronary artery disease is more common with people that have intermittent claudication.
Lung Cancer Screening
Factors that constitute lung cancer screening:
- Between age 55-74.
- Have quit smoking in the past 15 years.
- Smoked a pack a day for 30 years or more.
- Are a current smoker.
Your doctor may perform a CT scan to check for lung cancer depending on these factors. Past smokers should get screened for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms at age 65. It is not necessary for you to be screened for lung cancer if these factors do not describe you.
Mental Health Screening
A mental health screening should be completed every year starting at age 18. Men are more likely than women to engage in risky behavior including consuming alcohol and drugs. This behavior can lead to substance abuse and depression.
Studies have shown that women will attempt suicide more often than men however, men are more successful with their attempts than women leaving men with a higher suicide rate.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A POTENTIAL MENTAL DISORDER
- Anger, irritability or aggression.
- Change in mood, energy level and appetite.
- Sleeping too much or not sleeping enough.
- Increased anxiety.
- Alcohol or drug abuse.
- Increased negative emotion.
- Compulsive behavior.
- Unusual or obsessive behavior that concerns your friends and family.
- Behavior that disrupts your job or home life.
- Thoughts about suicide.
National suicide prevention lifeline: 1-800-273-8255