Your wife has been after you about getting a medical checkup, but you feel fine. You’re thinking: what’s the big deal?
You’re not alone. Many men avoid going to the doctor. Maybe you’re not comfortable talking about your health concerns, or maybe, since you feel okay, you simply don’t see any reason to see your doctor. But consider this: When you get a preventive medical check-up, you’re not just doing it for yourself. You’re doing it for your family and loved ones.
“In our fast-paced society with work pressures and time constraints, men often forego medical care. But it’s important to make preventive visits to your doctor,” says Sunday Fadulu, M.D., a Family Medicine physician at Kelsey-Seybold’s Berthelsen Main Campus near the Texas Medical Center.
Potential recommendations for health screenings for men are as follows. However, your doctor may recommend different screenings based on a variety of factors, including your health history, age, and family medical history.
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol test
- Colorectal cancer screening
- Prostate cancer screening
- Testicular examination
- Hearing test
“Screening tests can help find diseases early,” says Dr. Fadulu. “Talk to your doctor about which preventive medical checks and tests you need to help you stay healthy for yourself and your family.”