Father’s Day Health Alert: Important Screening Tests for All Dads
On average, men tend to die younger and encounter more health problems at an earlier age, which is why it is increasingly important for fathers to receive regular health screenings after the age of 40 to ensure that they are there for their loved ones in the future. If you haven’t kept up on regular screening guidelines in a while, then Men’s Health Month this June is the perfect time to consult with your family doctor about your medical history.
Preventative health checkups are often ignored, but they can help identify the early warning signs of potentially serious health conditions and provide doctors with a more reliable medical history for future diagnoses. The NIH recommends preventative screenings every two years until age 50, and every year afterward.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., and high blood pressure is a major risk factor. However, high blood pressure doesn’t show any symptoms, which is why it’s essential to receive regular heart screenings at least every two years, or more often if you have a history of heart disease or other health conditions. Healthy blood pressure readings should be around 120/80 or slightly lower.
Age is one of the most significant risk factors for the most common types of cancer in men, but other risk factors such as smoking, obesity, family history, and ethnicity can also influence your individual cancer risk. Your doctor will be able to provide a customized cancer screening schedule based on your medical history, but at the very least regular screenings for colorectal cancer should be performed annually after age 50.
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