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Know the Stats, Take Positive Action

Men are only half as likely as women to schedule a doctor’s appointment and live an average of 5 years less than their female counterparts. Why? Because many wait to address preventable health issues until it’s too late.

It’s time to take your health seriously—for yourself, and for your loved ones.

Don’t be one of these statistics:

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men in the US, resulting in 1 in 4 male deaths.
  • 1 in 2 men will develop cancer in their lifetime—with prostate cancer is most prominent.
  • 40% of American men over age 20 struggle with obesity. This makes a significant percent of the male population more susceptible to harmful diseases such as diabetes.

Don’t wait until something’s wrong to go see your doctor. Take positive action today and schedule a visit. Our experts at Artesia General Hospital specialize in a variety of men’s health disciplines including cardiology, urology, endocrinology and sports medicine. If you don’t have a primary care provider, learn more about our family practice services and taking the first steps to maintain wellness and a healthy lifestyle.

Men’s Health Checklist

Are you up to date on the screening tests you need for your health? The following checklist is a general guide–talk to your provider about what’s appropriate for you based on your age and health history.

Annual Wellness Exam: Start with a yearly exam to maintain wellness and discuss necessary tests. This includes blood pressure screenings, body mass index (BMI) measurements and immunizations.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening: Age 65 to 75 if you have ever smoked
Calcium Scoring: Any patient with high cholesterol or a family history of Coronary Artery Disease
Cholesterol screening: Starting at age 35, or at age 20 if you’re at increased risk of heart disease
Colon cancer screening: Starting at age 50, or sooner if you’re at increased risk
DEXA Scan: Age 70+, or younger if at high risk for hip/spine fracture
Diabetes screening: Ask your provider
Lung cancer screening: Age 50-80 if you are a smoker
Prostate cancer screening: Ask your provider
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening: Ask your doctor
Don’t forget about routine dental appointments, eye exams and hearing tests!

Ask your provider how often you should have preventive health checkups. You may also want to check with your health insurance provider to find out what tests and services your plan covers.

Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Dental Association

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Family Practice

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Cardiology

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Endocrinology

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Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Urology