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Men called on to be proactive for health month

June is Men’s Health Month, and one way to retain good health is to have yours evaluated. The primary purpose of Men’s Health is to encourage men to seek regular advice and treatment. This can help prevent the onset of injuries and some diseases. Nurse Practitioner at the Door County Medical Center clinic in Algoma Mark Fergus says the number one thing one can do to stay on top of their health is to find a form of cardiovascular exercise. He adds this often has a nice trickle-down effect. Fergus says that anecdotally it is known that men are less frequent visitors to health clinics, which is a reason for Men’s Health Month. Fergus says that if someone is on the fence of whether or not to visit a clinic, then the necessary concern is already there and they should be prompted to have a conversation with a healthcare provider. 

 

A rule of thumb is that each decade typically starting in your forties there is an increase in recommended screening. Fergus says that suggested cholesterol and blood sugar checks get more frequent with age. Other advised checks include colonoscopies which are suggested for some as early as forty years old depending on their risk of colon cancer. Prostate cancer screenings start at roughly fifty years old in most cases. Fergus adds that the best way to find out what screenings are best for you is to speak with your provider. 

 

DCMC does offer checkups for men’s health and Fergus explains that they like to help meet each individual’s needs rather than use a cookie-cutter approach.

 

 

 

Along with staying on top of physical health, Fergus notes it’s a good time for men to think about anxiety and depression.

 

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