You can help prevent potentially serious problems with regular care. We ask Dr. Steven Steinberg to give us the basics about taking care of men’s health.
Q. What screening tests can help men detect cancer?
A. Everyone should be screened for colon cancer starting at age 50, or at age 40 if they have a family history. We can check stool for blood using an immunochemical test (FIT) that’s more sophisticated than previous stool tests, or we could perform a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy. Ask your doctor which test is right for you.
Whether or not to have a prostate cancer screening is something every man should talk to his doctor about, too. Unless you have a family history or a concern, a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to screen for prostate cancer isn’t necessarily recommended for every man. Learn more about prostate cancer screenings and cancer screenings in general.
Q. What lifestyle changes should guys make if they want to be healthier?
A. Some of the best things men can do for their health are to quit smoking, eat well, exercise regularly, and make time to relax. If you’re overweight, losing as little as 10 pounds can help with conditions like arthritis, high blood pressure or your risk of developing diabetes.
There are also plenty more steps men can take to help live a safe, healthy life. If you're ready to make a difference in your lifestyle, learn the facts.
Q. How can women inspire men to make healthier choices without nagging?
A. It can be as easy as suggesting a walk after dinner, or setting aside one day a year to schedule routine check-ups and screenings for everyone in the family.
Whatever you do, don’t sit quietly. You can help men lead healthier lives.