Mark Men’s Health Month With Screenings

Image of healthy men talking while grillingWith June being recognized as Men’s Health Month, it’s an opportune time for men to be proactive in addressing their well-being.

Statistically, men are more at risk for less healthy lifestyles and shorter lifespans than women – partially because women visit their doctors for annual exams and screenings at twice the rate of men.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic, serving Virginia’s Roanoke Valley, offers many services and screenings that can help men stay on top of their health:

Vascular Screenings

An important method of detecting problems before they strike, vascular screenings can help identify potential health risks such as stroke, aortic aneurysmal disease, carotid occlusive disease and peripheral arterial disease. There are three pain-free tests we offer to screen for strokes, aneurysms and vascular diseases.

  • Aortic Ultrasound Screening: Examines the abdomen for aortic aneurysms, which can occur without symptoms.
  • Carotid Artery Screening: This test screens for carotid occlusive disease, with results showing a narrowing in either the left or right carotid arteries.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Screening: PAD – the most common of the three heart conditions – is tested by checking the circulation in the lower extremities to discover potential blockages in the arteries.

Collectively, these tests take just 30 minutes to complete at Jefferson Surgical Clinic. Screenings are $50 each, or all three can be ordered for $125. To schedule an appointment or to purchase a gift certificate for the screenings, call (540) 283-6000 or request them online.

Prostate Screenings

One in seven men is diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, with the number being one in five for African American men. Those with a family history of prostate cancer are up to three times more likely to develop it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prostate cancer screenings look for early warning signs of the disease, which may never show symptoms. Testing methods include blood tests of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels and a digital rectal exam (DRE).

Care For The Colon

Among cancers affecting men and women, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in the United States.  Colonoscopies – painless procedures during which the patient is sedated – can help identify precancerous polyps inside the colon before the disease progresses to the later stages. Men ages 50 and older should talk to their doctor about being screened.

Have a Heart

Staying active is a large part of improving your heart health – as is getting a stress echocardiogram (stress echo). This test – which determines if there is decreased blood flow to the heart - uses ultrasound images to see how well the heart and surrounding blood vessels are working. The stress echo can determine whether heart disease is present or if there is a need for preventative measures.

For more information on taking steps to preserve your health, contact the staff at Jefferson Surgical Clinic at (540) 283-6000.

Last modified on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:25