According to a recent article in “Everyday Health” Compared with women, men are 24 percent less likely to visit their doctors in any given year and 22 percent less likely to get their cholesterol checked. They’re also less willing to be screened for cancer, despite the fact that their cancer mortality rates are higher.
The article goes on to say that men are stubborn about getting routine health screenings for several reasons, One is fear: They are afraid that something might be wrong with them. Second, a lot of men believe are simply too busy. Third, men don’t tend to be as tuned in to their bodies as women, so they don’t notice small telltale signs that things are amiss.
Unfortunately, skipping these routine tests can often be a matter of life and death. The article talks about six of the most important tests that all men over 50 should routinely have, three of which are simple blood tests and 2 are easily done by your GP. The sixth one, which is absolutely vital, is Colon Cancer screening. There are several options available, but I believe from personal experience that a regular colonoscopy is the best method. This involves a 20 minute procedure under general anaesthetic, and the whole process including admission and recovery takes 3-4 hours. Frequency varies but if you are completely clear, around 5 yearly intervals depending on your specialist, or more frequently if there are any indications of potential risks.
You can view the full article HERE. This is important so please do read the article and take action. It could save your life.
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