Men are busy earning a living and helping to raise their families and don’t like to take time for annual, routine health care: Now is the time to schedule your annual check-up
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. – June is National Men’s Health Month. Now is the perfect time to encourage the men in your life (including you) to take care of their health by seeing a primary care health care provider for routine healthcare and screenings.
Cora Reid, Nurse Practitioner at Fall River Health Services, says: “It is hard to get men to come in for routine care due to their busy schedules.” Men come in if they are injured or have an episode of acute illness. But it is important for men to come in for an annual health/wellness check-ups, where they can sit down and talk to a health care provider about their overall health and risk factors for disease.
Health screenings are based on risk factors of age, family history and lifestyle choices; your health care provider can discuss those with you during an annual examination. Screenings can include prostate health, skin cancer, diabetes, testosterone levels, to name a few. For example, some people have certain risk factors for colorectal cancer and should begin screening earlier than the routine screening age of 45. So, it is important to come in and see a health care provider at least once a year and discuss your risks and develop a personal plan for your health. Your health care provider can evaluate your risks and develop a plan when you should start screening for prostate cancer. Some men are concerned about low testosterone. Your health care provider can assess your hormone levels and if you have a disease that is contributing or causative of low testosterone.
Some diseases, like heart disease, are common in both men and women. In general, we think of heart disease as occurring in the 70th or 80th decades of life. Heart disease can occur at any age. Your health care provider can assess your risk factors and determine if further evaluation is indicated. Reid encourages steps to improve your health such as exercise and healthy food choices.
If you do not have a primary care provider, what should you do?
Reid says the first step is to make an appointment. “Then talk to your health care provider about your concerns and health risks of age, family history, and lifestyle choices. It is important to know your health and risk factors, and receive routine care, from a health care provider who knows you.” Just as you would do maintenance on your favorite car, truck, SUV, boat, 4-wheeler, to keep it running optimally, your personal health maintenance through an annual exam can help keep your health on track.
Fall River Health Services are available to schedule an annual health care check-up. Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The walk-in clinic is conveniently open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and a weekend walk-in clinic from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For more information on Fall River Health Services, visit their website here or call (605) 745-8910.