More men than women tend to end up in hospitals with illnesses which could have been treated by their GP had they done a check up sooner. This is a clear indicator of the harm which can be done from waiting too long to see a doctor. For example, men have the highest mortality rate for skin cancers. Skin cancers can be easily treated if diagnosed early, but can be fatal if found later.
A study in the UK showed that until the age of 45, women visited their GPs 66% more often than men.
Annual check ups are just as important for men as they are for women. Many components of a man’s health need regular check ups and shouldn’t be ignored.
Here is a practical and easy survey to check if you should see your GP soon:
So please come and see your doctor to determine a timeline for initial and regular screenings that’s right for you, especially if you have a family history of a disease.
Meanwhile, here’s a cheat sheet for the ages when important testing should generally begin:
- Colon or rectal cancer screening – to start around the age of 50.
- Prostate cancer – to start around the age of 45.
- Cardiovascular or coronary artery disease – to start around the age of 50.
- Blood pressure screenings – to start around the age of 40.