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Men’s Health Month: The Importance of Routine Screenings

As June rolls around, it’s not just a time for barbecues and beach days—it’s also Men’s Health Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of health screenings for men. While many of us might shy away from the doctor’s office, routine screenings are crucial for catching potential health issues early, when they’re most treatable.

So, gentlemen, it’s time to prioritize your health and schedule those screenings. Here are a few key ones to consider:

Colonoscopy or Cologuard: Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But here’s the thing: routine screening can significantly reduce your risk. If you’re 50 or over, talk to your doctor about scheduling a colonoscopy or trying the less-invasive Cologuard test. Don’t let fear or discomfort hold you back—this simple screening could save your life.

Diabetes Testing: Diabetes doesn’t discriminate—it can affect anyone, regardless of age or lifestyle. That’s why it’s crucial to get tested, even if you don’t think you’re at risk. Starting at age 35, consider getting screened for diabetes every three years. By catching it early, you have a better chance of making lifestyle changes to prevent or manage the condition.

Blood Pressure: High blood pressure might not always come with noticeable symptoms, but it can lead to serious health problems like heart disease. That’s why checking your blood pressure regularly is so important. Aim to get it checked at least every two years, and if it’s high, work with your doctor to manage it effectively. Your heart will thank you.

Cholesterol: Cholesterol is another silent threat to men’s health, often flying under the radar until it’s too late. Starting annual cholesterol screenings at age 18 can help catch any issues early on. If you have certain risk factors—like a family history of high cholesterol, smoking, poor diet, or being overweight—your doctor might recommend more frequent testing.

Don’t put off scheduling that appointment any longer—take charge of your health this Men’s Health Month and beyond. Schedule your appointment with a Hoag Medical Group primary care doctor online today at