During National Men’s Health Month, Community Health Center, Inc. would like to remind men how important it is to take responsibility for safeguarding their health. Regular check-ups and age-appropriate screenings can improve health and reduce the risk of premature death and disability. Members of high risk groups, or those with family history of certain diseases, should consult a health care provider about the benefits of earlier screenings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Women are 100% more likely to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventative services than men.
Dr. Nwando Olayiwola, Chief Medical Officer of CHC, Inc. encourages men to discuss appropriate frequency for physical exams with their primary care provider.
During the physical exam, patients should use the time they have with their health care provider to discuss other screening guidelines that are specific to their age. Many of these preventative tests can be done at the provider’s office and take very little time. These screenings may include: blood pressure, Tuberculosis skin testing, blood tests for cholesterol and diabetes, urine analysis, EKG, rectal exams, testing stool for blood, bone health assessments, and Sexually-transmitted disease screening.
"There is a silent health crisis in America…it’s the fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women," said Dr. David Gremillion of Men’s Health Network. Many health problems are preventable, and with early detection can be treated or avoided all together. Call Community Health Center, Inc. to schedule an appointment for a physical exam.