Pomerene Hospital Blog
It's Manly to be Healthy- June is Mens Health Month
I usually joke with my male partners that there is usually only one reason that a guy comes into see me. The reason is that their wife or girlfriend or mother or daughter made them come in. While this line usually gets a good laugh, there is some truth to it. As men, we are not very good about taking care of our health. We can find all sorts of reasons to ignore our health. We are too busy. We have to take off work. We don't want to waste money on a nothing.
Whatever our reason for avoiding the trip to the doctor, we need to take care of our health. As men, we are often the primary breadwinners. When we don't take care of ourselves, we can leave our families to live in debt or poverty. Additionally, children need their fathers. So we have a duty to our families as well as to ourselves to be as healthy as we can. In June, we recognize Father's Day. We also recognize Men's Health Month.
One of the health concerns that younger men should be aware of is testicular cancer. This is a cancer that affects the testicles of men. The average age of this cancer is 33. However, the American Cancer Society notes that 7% of the cases of this cancer occurs in children and teens, and 7% occur in men over the age of 55. Each year more than 8,000 cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed and between 300 and 400 men will die of this disease each year.
The good news is that testicular cancer is relatively easy to diagnose and treatment is quite successful. Early diagnosis is very important. Beginning in the teen years men should learn to perform testicular self- exams. These are easy to perform exams that you can do in the shower once a month. You are looking for bumps or lumps. They may be as small as a piece of rice or a pea. If you find anything abnormal you should go to your doctor and have it examined. If testicular cancer is caught early it can be treated and cured in most cases.
During Men's health month, take time to care for your health. It is manly to be healthy. In fact, without good health we cannot be the husband, father, brother, friend that we want to be. So see your doctor and ask about preventative care and wellness.
For information on how to conduct a testicular exam, please visit this link: http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_Testicular_Cancer/hic_Testicular_Cancer_and_Self_Exam
Blog written by DJ McFadden, MD- Pomerene Family Care physician