Listen up, men! When was the last time you had a checkup? Routine checkups
are not just for women and children.
The best way to make sure that you are getting the right care and the right
tests at the right time is to establish a relationship with a physician.
If you don’t already have one, call 302.421.4100 to contact the
Family Medicine team at Saint Francis Healthcare. Based on your individual
health conditions, your new doctor will determine which tests you should
have, and how often to have them.
A routine yearly physical is a good time to touch base with your family
medicine physician about your health and preventive screenings. It is
also the time to give updates on your medical history and receive a thorough
Here are some of the more routine screenings and tests for men:
Prostate cancer screening: This is usually recommended for men beginning at age 50. The exception
to this rule applies to African American men and those with a family history
of prostate cancer in a first degree relative younger than 65 years; they
should discuss screenings with their doctor beginning at age 45. This
screening involves a blood test for the Prostate-specific antigen (PSA),
which measures the level of the PSA protein, produced by cells of the
prostate gland, in a man’s blood.
In addition to the PSA, your doctor may also perform a digital
rectal exam (DRE) to examine the lower rectum and other internal organs. It provides
a quick and easy way to check the health of a man’s prostate gland
and can detect conditions like enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
and prostate cancer.
Should you learn that you have cancer, the Saint Francis Oncology team
will assist you in navigating the complexities of cancer education and
screenings. Oncology services include early detection, diagnosis and treatment
including surgery and on-site chemotherapy.
Blood pressure screening: Have your blood pressure checked once a year. If the top number (systolic
number) is between 120 and 139 or the bottom number (diastolic number)
is between 80 and 89, continue to have it checked every year. If not,
your doctor may discuss lifestyle changes or medications. If you have
conditions like diabetes, heart disease or kidney problems, your doctor
may suggest that you have your blood pressure checked more often.
Colorectal Cancer Screening: Your family medicine physician will discuss options to help you decide
which screening to have based on your family history, current medical
condition and personal values.
Remember, your family medicine physician also functions as a gatekeeper.
Throughout your life and your health care needs, she or he will continue
a healthy working relationship that will help you stay happier and healthier.
To schedule an appointment with a Saint Francis Healthcare Family Medicine
physician, please call 302.421.4100.