Men’s Health Matters
ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR UROLOGIC HEALTH
June is Men’s Health Awareness Month and the urologists at Chesapeake Urology are encouraging all men to take charge of their urologic health by making prevention a priority. Healthier men live longer, healthier, and happier lives. This month, take these three important steps to improving your urologic health:
Step 1 – Get Your Prostate Checked
Some 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions that impact their quality of life. Each year over 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. This June, make getting screened for prostate cancer a top priority if you’re of the appropriate age. The American Urological Association (AUA) and Chesapeake Urology recommend that a baseline PSA screening begins at age 40, with annual screening beginning at age 50. If significant risk factors such as a strong family history or African American race are present, then annual screening should be considered on a regular basis after age 40.
Chesapeake Urology offers FREE prostate cancer screenings to men in the greater Baltimore community. Find an upcoming screening here – http://www.chesapeakeurology.com/about-us/free-prostate-cancer-screenings.
Prostate cancer isn’t the only condition affecting the prostate. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), also known as enlarged prostate, is a common, non-cancerous condition in older men in which the prostate gland enlarges, causing a number of symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:
- Recurring, sudden need to urinate
- Increasingly frequent urination, especially at night
- Weak or interrupted urine stream
- Difficulty starting urination
- Urine leakage (urinary incontinence)
- Inability to completely empty the bladder
Learn more about BPH and other men’s urologic conditions at http://menshealth.chesapeakeurology.com.
Step 2 – Don’t Ignore Sexual Health Issues
As men grow older, sexual health issues may need to be addressed by a skilled urologist. Fortunately, the male sexual health specialists at Chesapeake Urology are highly experienced in men’s sexual health conditions including:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Male infertility
- Peyronie’s disease
- Male sexual dysfunction
- Low Testosterone
- Testicular cancer
Talking to a urologist about male sexual dysfunction can be difficult for many men, but it is incredibly important. Often male sexual dysfunction is caused by an underlying factor or medical condition that may be solved with medical and/or surgical treatment. There are times when the dysfunction is caused by stress, anxiety or outside pressure and this too, can often be treated very successfully.
Step 3 – Make it your Mission to Get Healthy, and Stay that Way
This June, take important steps toward getting healthy and staying that way. Follow these steps to achieve your health goals:
- Quit smoking – smoking is a leading contributor to many men’s health issues including cardiovascular disease and conditions such as bladder cancer.
- Eat a diet rich in vegetable, fruits and low in unhealthy fats.
- Get more exercise – from walking and swimming to running and biking, get moving a little bit every day.
- See your urologist for regular health checks and follow up exams.
For more information on men’s urologic health and how to get healthy and stay healthy in honor of Men’s Health Month, visit Chesapeake Urology’s Men’s Personal Health website for information and education – http://menshealth.chesapeakeurology.com. Or, make an appointment with a urologist today by calling (866) 953-3111.