The saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. Much the same could be said about maintaining one’s health. Especially in cases of disease treatment, it often takes a multitude of friends, family members, and healthcare professionals to get a person well again.
As June brings men’s health once again to the spotlight, we have compiled a brief list of five common presenting and latent issues that you might find in a middle-aged male patient.
Colon cancer remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In fact, it is the third most common cancer diagnosis. And although rates of colon cancer since 1985 have decreased in men over age 50, in younger adults it is on the rise.
Studies indicate that this is due to a number of things including lack of access to healthcare and lack of awareness of the disease.
Incidences of lung cancer in men are different than when the same condition is exhibited in women. For starters, a man’s chance of survival is lower than that of the average woman. However, the death rate has been dropping.
Causes of the disease range from smoking to occupational environment. Low dose CT scans are often used to diagnose.
Following skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. Approximately 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with it during their life.
The disease can be diagnosed early through blood testing or a digital rectal exam (DRE).
High Blood Pressure
For people under age 45, blood pressure tends to affect men more often than women. Some risk factors associated with high blood pressure include smoking, being overweight, having high cholesterol, and of course–heredity.
Those with high blood pressure do not usually exhibit visible outward symptoms, however, if it is not taken care of, it can result in death.
If colon cancer requires the most invasive study, perhaps AAA requires the least. Ultrasound is most commonly used to diagnose AAA, as it will quickly show evidence of aneurysm.
Factors that increase risk of AAA include smoking, high blood pressure, and being male. The aneurysms develop over time and the affected may not exhibit visible symptoms.
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