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Engaging in regular physical activity like basketball is a great way for men to stay fit and healthy.

June is Men’s Health Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about the health issues facing men today. This month is a reminder for men to take charge of their health and well-being, promoting preventive care, regular screenings, and awareness of key health issues. From prostate health to mental well-being, this month serves as a critical reminder for men to prioritize their health.

Prostate Health

Prostate health is a significant concern for men, particularly as they age. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the United States. Regular screenings, such as the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, are essential for early detection and successful treatment.

Dr. Quan Nguyen, a board-certified emergency medicine physician with Ally Medical Emergency Room, emphasizes the importance of early detection:

“Prostate cancer, when caught early, can often be treated successfully,” he says. “Men over the age of 45 should have regular discussions with their healthcare providers about prostate health and the benefits of PSA testing.”

The American Urological Association recommends against a PSA screening for men under 40, but AUA guidelines say the test may be offered to high-risk patients between 40 and 45.

Testicular Cancer Awareness

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men ages 15 to 35. Despite its rarity, it is crucial to raise awareness about this disease because it is highly treatable, especially when detected early. Regular self-examinations can help men identify abnormalities early and seek medical attention promptly.

“Early detection of testicular cancer greatly increases the chances of successful treatment,” says Dr. Nguyen. “Men should perform monthly self-exams and report any changes or lumps to their healthcare provider immediately.”

Mental Health

Mental health is a critical yet often overlooked aspect of men’s health. Men are less likely than women to seek help for mental health issues, leading to untreated conditions such as depression, anxiety, and stress. Promoting mental health awareness and encouraging men to seek support is vital.

“Mental health is just as important as physical health,” Dr. Nguyen explains. “It’s essential for men to recognize the signs of mental health issues and to seek help when needed. Support from friends, family, and mental health professionals can make a significant difference.”

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Regular Health Screenings

Preventive care and regular health screenings are fundamental to maintaining good health. Regular check-ups can help detect health issues early when they are most treatable. Men should discuss with their healthcare providers which screenings are appropriate for their age and risk factors.

“Preventive care is key to long-term health,” advises Dr. Nguyen. “Regular screenings can catch potential health problems before they become serious. Men should take an active role in their health and make screenings a regular part of their healthcare routine.”

Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices

In addition to regular screenings and medical check-ups, adopting a healthy lifestyle is crucial for overall well-being. This includes maintaining a balanced diet, engaging in regular physical activity, avoiding smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption.

“A healthy lifestyle can prevent many health issues,” Dr. Nguyen says. “Eating a balanced diet, staying active, and avoiding harmful habits can significantly improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.”

Men’s Health Month is an opportunity to take proactive steps towards better health. Whether it’s scheduling a health screening, performing a self-exam, or seeking support for mental health, Dr. Nguyen says taking action today can lead to a healthier tomorrow.

“Don’t wait until you have a health issue to see your doctor,” he says. “Preventive care and early detection are your best defenses against many health problems. Make your health a priority this Men’s Health Month.”

For more information and resources provided by Ally Medical Emergency Room, visit the Services section of our website.

Dr. Nguyen riding a bike, promoting physical activity and a healthy lifestyle for Men's Health Month.

By: Dr. Nguyen, Clear Lake Medical Director