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National Men’s Health Week Means Focus on Prevention

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In honor of Father’s Day and National Men’s Health Week during the week of June 10-16, Carolinas HealthCare System wants to make sure the men in your life are healthy. Ryan Shelton, MD, of Mecklenburg Medical Group-SouthPark shares some important information on men’s health.

“Visit your physician regularly,” said Shelton. “Men should feel comfortable, not embarrassed, to discuss concerns with their physician.”

Lifestyle factors that men should discuss with their physician include alcohol consumption, drug use, tobacco use, mood, sleep, exercise and eating habits. Numbers every man should know include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and weight, said Shelton.

Men are 24 percent less likely than women to have visited a physician within the past year. Preventive care is the first step in battling the leading causes of death in men such as heart disease and cancer. Review the national guidelines for recommended, life-saving screenings and schedule an appointment with your primary care physician.

Recommended Screenings:

Men 18 and above:

  • Skin self-exam
  • Testicular self-exam
  • Routine physical
  • Flu shot
  • Cholesterol screening (5 years
  • Tetanus booster (10 years)

Men 50-59

  • Colorectal cancer screening (5 years)
  • Colonoscopy (10 years)
  • Digital rectal exam (discuss with your doctor)
  • PSA screening (discuss with your doctor)

Men 60+

  • Shingles vaccine
  • Pneumonia vaccine (65+)
  • Bone density screening (70+)

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