We’ve got health tips for Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month and Dr. Milton Costa of Roper St. Francis Physician Partners Primary Care is reminding all the sons, brothers, and fathers  to make sure they are staying healthy and keeping up with health screenings.

A 2019 study by Cleveland Clinic found that 65 percent of men tend to wait if possible to see their doctor if they have an injury or illness. Also, 72 percent of respondents said they’d rather scrub the bathroom than go to a doctor.

A preventive care visit with a primary care provider is an opportunity to discuss any health concerns or goals. “We want you to have more time with your family, short term and long term,” Dr. Costa says. “You can have better health five years from now than you had the past five years.”

The local TV stations ran our video of Dr. Costa this past weekend.

Important Men’s health screenings to remember

Screening blood work: Screening labs can check for many different health conditions, including high cholesterol, diabetes, anemia and more.

Colon cancer screening: Starting at age 45, men should have a colonoscopy to screen for cancer.

Prostate cancer screening: Catching prostate cancer early leads to better outcomes. Your provider can recommend a screening that’s right for you based on your risk level.

Other screening may be based on risk factors such as lung cancer, heart attack and stroke.

Tips for overall men’s health

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Stay physically active
  • Limit alcohol
  • Quit smoking
  • Maintain a healthy weight

 If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a doctor, call 843-402-CARE to schedule a wellness exam with one of our primary care providers. Find a primary care provider near you.

 

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  1. “Also, 72 percent of respondents said they’d rather scrub the bathroom than go to a doctor.” LOL

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