Healthwatch: Tests Men Should Get

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From colon cancer to heart disease, there are critical health concerns men need to take seriously and get tested for.

26 year old Zach Sussman see his doctor every year. Zach says that he knows that he's healthy, but in fifty years he may not be. He wants to be able to combat any illnesses that could arise in the future. Dr.  Steven Lamm at NYU Langone Medical Center says men need to take charge of their health from the beginning. In their 20s and 30s they need to establish a relationship with a primary doctor., get baseline numbers for blood pressure and cholesterol,  and make sure their immunizations are up to date. Testicular exams are also recommended.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in US men. So while in their 30s and 40s, men need to know their risks. Dr. Steven Lamm suggests that men know what their normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels are, as well as to establish a weight loss program if they are overweight.

When it comes to the PSA test, Guidelines recommend against routinely using the screening for prostate cancer, but some doctors recommend a baseline test at 40. Doctor Lamm says it’s critical for men to check in with their doctor to make good decisions about screening.

Experts say it’s also important to have your hearing and eye sight checked.

To learn more, check out the video.

Healthwatch sponsored by Mercy Health Systems.