By Kim Commins-Tzoumakas | November 22, 2019
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
-Jim Rohn, Author
Men, this one’s for you. It’s all about taking the first step toward getting checked for prostate, testicular and penile cancer. While probably not on the top of your “To Do” list, these are important exams that can either give you peace of mind, if nothing’s found, or hopefully flag any problem early enough so that it gives you the best treatment options and survival rate.
The thing is – and we hear it all the time – is that men hate going to the doctor. In fact, according to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men go to a doctor half as much as women when looked at over a 2-year time period. They were also twice as likely to say they have never had any contact with a doctor or health professional as an adult. I find that concerning, especially considering that each of these cancers has been on the rise and are so easy to treat when detected early.
So what’s the issue?
The Huffington Post polled men on the reasons they had for not setting up an appointment for an annual physical. Here’s the top three…
|Too Busy to Go||22%|
|Afraid of Finding Out What Might be Wrong||21%|
|Getting Uncomfortable Body Exams|
(e.g., prostate or rectal exams)
None of these should stand in the way of your health and getting examined. In fact, you’ll probably wonder why you were making such a big deal out of it. In some cases, like with prostate and testicular cancer, getting checked may be as simple as blood test.
When I talked with one of the top urologists on our Dream Team, Dr. Austin Hill, about the importance of getting screened for any of these cancers, here’s what he said…
“Of course, the best approach is to be proactive and not reactive. Early detection can dramatically increase cure rates and minimize treatment and disfigurement. Prostate cancer has no symptoms to tell a patient it’s present, so it’s important to see a physician and get a simple examination and PSA test annually. Testicular and penile cancer can be detected through regular self-examinations, and your doctor can show you how to perform them yourself.”
All men are at risk for these types of cancers, but some groups run a higher risk. I invite you to go to our BE a Man web page and review the list of men who should be particularly diligent in getting checked.
Now is the time to take charge of your health. I urge those men reading this to make an appointment today and get checked. Then, challenge your friends or family members to do the same. As I said, there’s nothing that should keep you from getting checked. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself and your family.