June is Men’s Health Month
Did you know June is dedicated to raising awareness for issues impacting men’s health and wellness? Men are less apt to go to the doctors, so it is a great time for us to tell you some important news: It is time for you to focus on your health!
Important Statistics about Men’s Health in the US:
- Only about 3 out of 5 men get anuual physicals.
- Over 40% of men only go to their doctor when they fear they have a serious medical condition.
- 230,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer ever year.
Why See Us at Utah Men’s Health?
- Erectile dysfunction: This is a very common condition that greatly affects your quality of life. It is common after prostate cancer treatment, and in men with diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease. The fellowship trained urologists at Utah Men’s Health offer all treatment options for ED.
- Peyronie’s Disease: Many men as they get older develop a curved penis, called Peyronie’s disease, which can then affect their ability to have erections and to have sex.
- Infertility: Men can be the cause of infertility in a couple in up to 50% of cases.
- Low Testosterone: Testosterone levels can decrease as men age, starting at age 30. Men who feel tired or like they’ve lost their edge should talk to their doctor about low testosterone.
- Testicular Pain: A large number of men have testicular pain at some point in their lives but it is treatable. Testicular cancer is rare and commonly affects boys and men between the ages of 15 to 35. Make an appointment with your doctor if you have symptoms such as a lump, aching and/or pain.
How You Can Take Charge of Your Health:
- See your physician for preventative care. This is important since it could not only save your life, but most diseases that are caught early are easier to manage.
- PSA blood tests measure levels of Prostate Specific Antigen, which is a cancer marker. We recommend annual prostate cancer screenings starting at age 55.
- Blood tests and urinalysis screen for cholesterol levels, diabetes, and kidney or thyroid dysfunction.
- Choose a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating well. Read our blog post on nutrition to understand why.
- If you are a spouse or partner reading this, remember that you can be supportive and help men take the first step towards a better life. We find that many partners are the ones to make doctors’ appointments on behalf of the men in their lives!
Please contact Utah Men’s Health if you or your partner have more questions. Take control of your health. We are here to help!