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Men, schedule your routine maintenance and take charge of your health this summer

Following Men's Health Month in June, East Georgia Regional Medical Center's Dr. Alan Scott is encouraging men in Statesboro and Southeast Georgia to get their annual wellness exam added to the calendar. Don't wait until the "check engine" light comes on to take care of your health!
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Dr. Alan Scott

Research backs up the long-standing stereotype that men avoid going to the doctor. In fact, recent surveys show that approximately 44 percent of men don’t get an annual physical, and 60 percent of men won’t see a doctor if they suspect something is wrong.

“Don’t wait until the ‘check engine’ light flashes to take care of your health. Just like cars, our bodies need routine and preventive maintenance, too.” said Dr. Alan Scott, East Georgia Regional Medical Center’s Director of Medical Affairs. “As fathers, as husbands, as coworkers, as friends, we owe it to the people who care about us that we take care of ourselves—not just when we’re sick.”

On the heels of Men's Health Month, which wrapped up in June, Dr. Scott encourages the men in Statesboro and Southeast Georgia to be proactive about their health and to be on the lookout for common health issues he sees among male patients:

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S., and more than half of men don’t show symptoms before heart disease becomes fatal, according to the CDC.

Prostate Cancer

One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. It’s the most common cancer among American men, according to the American Cancer Society.

Urinary Incontinence

Leaking isn’t a female-only problem. According to the Urology Care Foundation, approximately 25 percent of men have dribbling and incontinence problems, too.

Low Testosterone

While it’s normal for testosterone levels to decrease over time, it’s becoming more prevalent among younger men. Four out of 10 men have low testosterone by the age of 45, according to the Urology Care Foundation.

Depression

The suicide rate among men is four times higher than among women, according to CDC. And the American Psychological Association reports 30 percent of men have suffered from depression at some point during their lives.

“While you may not feel comfortable discussing health concerns or below-the-belt issues with buddies, it should not be embarrassing to go to the doctor,” added Dr. Scott. “Intimate and serious health issues can often be addressed and are easier to treat when found early.”

In fact, primary care physicians use screenings that check for conditions before many people experience signs and symptoms of a health problem. Depending on age and family medical history, Dr. Scott says an annual physical may include:

  • BMI calculation
  • Blood pressure, heart and respiration rates
  • Questions around alcohol and tobacco intake
  • Questions around diet and exercise habits
  • Cholesterol and other blood tests
  • Vaccinations
  • Mental health screening
  • Testicular, hernia and/or prostate exams

Men’s Health Month serves as a reminder to schedule your annual wellness exam. Any of our primary care providers within the East Georgia Medical and Surgical Associates group provide convenient, online appointment scheduling.

Make an appointment by visiting https://www.eastgeorgiamedsurgassociates.com/all-appointments.

East Georgia Regional Medical Center is owned in part by physicians.

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