Men’s healthcare #101: Essential health check-ups for men
June is men’s health month and the perfect opportunity to care for your health. Here’s a quick checklist of essential check-ups. June is men’s health month in South Africa, the perfect time for an annual health check-in. But no need to stress, here’s a quick checklist to follow. ALSO READ: Egg-tastic superfood! An egg a day […]
June is men’s health month and the perfect opportunity to care for your health. Here’s a quick checklist of essential check-ups.
June is men’s health month in South Africa, the perfect time for an annual health check-in. But no need to stress, here’s a quick checklist to follow.
ESSENTIAL HEALTH CHECK-UPS FOR MEN
While regular exercise and a balanced diet play essential roles in health and well-being, prioritising preventive healthcare is equally important.
Luckily an annual check-up is easier than you think. And with men’s health month upon us, there is no better time than the present to get it done.
Here are six crucial check-ups that all men should consider:
1. COMPREHENSIVE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION
A comprehensive physical examination is the cornerstone of preventive healthcare. During this check-up, your doctor will assess various aspects of your health, including blood pressure, cholesterol levels, body mass index (BMI), and overall organ function. These tests help identify potential risk factors for serious health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Regular check-ups allow for early detection and treatment, significantly improving outcomes.
2. PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among South African men. Starting at the age of 45 or earlier, if you have a family history, regular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests and digital rectal examinations (DRE) should be part of your healthcare routine. Early detection of prostate cancer greatly increases the chances of successful treatment and survival.
3. COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING
Colorectal cancer is another significant health concern for men. A colonoscopy, recommended every ten years starting at age 45, allows for the detection and removal of polyps before they become cancerous. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer or other risk factors, your doctor may recommend earlier or more frequent screenings.
4. CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH ASSESSMENT
Heart disease remains a leading cause of death among men. A comprehensive cardiovascular health assessment can identify risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Your doctor may recommend an electrocardiogram (ECG), stress test, or other diagnostic tests to evaluate your heart health. Lifestyle modifications and early intervention can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and its complications.
5. SKIN CANCER SCREENING
South Africa’s sunny climate makes skin cancer a prevalent concern. Regular skin examinations by a dermatologist can help detect and treat skin cancers, including melanoma, at an early stage. Protecting your skin from harmful UV radiation is important by wearing sunscreen, protective clothing and seeking shade when outdoors.
6. VISION AND EYE HEALTH EXAMINATION
Regular eye exams are crucial for maintaining good vision and overall eye health. Your eye doctor can assess your vision acuity, screen for conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts, and detect any early signs of eye diseases. By detecting and treating vision problems early on, you can ensure optimal eye health and prevent potential vision loss.