A Health Checkup for Men
AUGUST 04, 2020
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, men are far more likely to skip routine health screenings than women.
"There are a variety of reasons for which men are more likely than women to delay doctor visits until there is a serious health issue," says BIDMC urologist Robert Carrasquillo, MD, who specializes in men's reproductive and sexual health. "It is important for men to realize there is no shame in seeking help and protecting their health."
Many "small" health issues that men may choose to live with everyday are, in fact, very treatable. "Visiting your primary care physician regularly, whether that is virtually or in-person, and seeking specialist care when needed can alleviate stress and get you healthier and happier much more quickly," Carrasquillo says.
Symptoms like pain, sexual dysfunction or increased frequency of urination are those that you should seek care for right away. Read a story about two brothers with happy outcomes because they didn't ignore the warning signs of prostate cancer.
It's important to know that many men's health issues become more frequent as men age. Family history plays a big part in what a physician will focus on, but there are key issues and screenings that are age-specific for all patients.
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