Empowering Men to Take Charge of Their Health

June is not only a month of summer’s embrace and outdoor adventures; it’s also Men’s Health Month. Serving as an annual reminder to raise awareness of preventable health issues, encourage early detection and treatment of diseases, and promote healthy lifestyle choices among men and boys, men’s health is about promoting a culture of self-care and proactive health management. Through initiatives like Men’s Health Month and a Men’s Well-Being Exam, we aim to empower men to prioritize their health, seek preventive care, and embrace healthier lifestyles.

  1. Prioritizing Preventive Care: Preventive care forms the cornerstone of men’s health. Regular screenings and health check-ups can detect potential health issues early on, enabling prompt intervention and improved outcomes. An annual wellness exam includes vital health screenings such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and body mass index (BMI) measurement. These screenings help identify risk factors for conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity—common health concerns among men.
  2. Cardiovascular Health Checks: Heart disease remains the leading cause of death among men globally. Regular checks of blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels are vital for assessing cardiovascular health. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are all significant risk factors for heart disease. Detecting and managing these conditions early through lifestyle changes, medications, or other interventions can reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular complications.
  3. Prostate Health: Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers among men. The Men’s Well-Being Exam includes a discussion about prostate health, including the benefits and risks of prostate cancer screening. Our healthcare providers offer personalized recommendations based on age, family history, and individual risk factors
  4. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH): Aside from prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is another common condition that affects men, especially as they age. Symptoms include urinary frequency, urgency, weak urine stream, and difficulty starting or maintaining urination. While BPH is not cancerous, it can significantly impact quality of life. Men experiencing urinary symptoms should seek evaluation and management options from their healthcare provider.
  5. Colorectal Cancer Screening: Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men. Yet, it’s highly preventable with regular screenings. Colonoscopies and stool tests can detect precancerous growths or early-stage cancer, increasing the chances of successful treatment and survival. According to the American Cancer Society, regular screenings starting at age 45 or earlier for high-risk individuals can significantly reduce the risk of colorectal cancer-related deaths.
  6. Skin Cancer Screening: Skin cancer, including melanoma, is more common in men than women, with men being twice as likely to die from melanoma than women. Routine skin examinations can help identify suspicious moles or lesions early, when treatment is most effective. Men, especially those with fair skin or a history of excessive sun exposure, should perform self-examinations regularly and seek professional dermatologic evaluations as needed.
  7. Mental Health Evaluation: Mental health is an integral component of overall well-being. During the exam, our healthcare professionals engage in open discussions about mental health concerns, stress management techniques, and strategies for maintaining emotional resilience. We also provide referrals to mental health specialists when needed.

Ensuring that every man has the opportunity to thrive, Teche Action Clinic is dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare services that cater to the unique needs of men. From preventive screenings to personalized wellness plans, we’re here to support you on your journey to optimal health and well-being. By scheduling a wellness exam today, you’re not only prioritizing preventive care for conditions like heart disease, prostate cancer, and skin cancer but also taking a proactive step towards nurturing your mental health.

Remember, your health matters—schedule your Well-Being Exam today and take the first step towards a healthier, happier you.