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Hey, Guys: Your Loved Ones Want You to Get Screened

You remembered the grill tools. You remembered the beach chairs and Angel’s tickets. Heck, you even remembered the sunscreen.

But did you remember to schedule your screenings for colon cancer, prostate cancer, vascular disease and diabetes?

As men’s health month wraps up, the people in your life who make you macaroni necklaces and bought you new golf clubs want to make sure you know the importance of health care screenings, especially:

Colonoscopy or cologuard. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Routine screening is unequivocally the best way to prevent this disease. If you’re 50 or over, talk with your doctor about colonoscopy or the less-invasive cologuard test.

Diabetes testing. Even if you do not have the risk factors for diabetes, you should be screened starting at age 35, repeating the test every three years. If your blood sugar levels start to inch toward pre-diabetes you have a fighting chance of making the lifestyle changes necessary to avoid diabetes altogether. So don’t delay. Talk to your doctor and get screened today!

Blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to a host of physical problems, including heart disease. Checking your blood pressure at least every two years can help you stay on top of your health. Your Hoag Medical Group physician can get you on the path to wellness today.

Cholesterol. High cholesterol can lead to heart disease, and doctors suggest beginning annual cholesterol screening at age 18. If you have a family history of high cholesterol or heart attacks, smoke, eat a poor diet, are overweight, have diabetes, are physically inactive or older than 45, you may need more frequent testing.

You are so important to so many people. So schedule your appointment with a Hoag Medical Group primary care doctor online today at