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Melody Schubert

Pain-Free Diagnostic Tests Save Men's Lives
By Melody Schubert
Sep 23, 2004 - 8:10:00 AM

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Our busy lives and work schedules often prevent us from seeking routine health exams. Preventive health care is an important step toward early detection of diseases though. Among the leading diseases affecting the health of men are Prostate and Testicular Cancer, and Heart Disease. Kidney disease is also a concern that can affect anyone.

The key to living a healthy life is prevention and early detection of conditions affecting men. Among the three leading health concerns for men are:

  1. Prostrate Cancer. Over 32,000 men die from prostate cancer each year, which is why early detection is critical. Just as women have yearly check ups and mammograms, men should also begin annual prostate cancer screenings beginning at age 50 unless suggested earlier by their doctor.
  2. Testicular Cancer is another concern for men and can strike at almost any age. As in women who perform monthly breast self-exams, men who do self-examinations increase the chances of detecting testicular cancer in its early stages.
  3. Heart disease is a leading killer among men according to The American Heart Association. Regular visits to your doctor can help detect high blood pressure and reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack.

In July the National Kidney Foundation celebrates 50 Years of Transplantation. While the procedure saves many lives each year, preventive care is the first step toward protecting yourself against Kidney Disease, a condition that affects over 20 million American's. A equal number of American's are at risk for the disease and do not know it according to the National Kidney Foundation. Until the disease reaches an advanced stage no apparent symptoms may be detected, which is why the National Kidney Foundation encourages American's to get tested for the disease. Anyone can get chronic kidney disease, but some people are more prone to the condition than others. Those at higher risk include:

  • Diabetics or those with a family history of diabetes.
  • Those with high blood pressure or family history of hypertension.
  • Those with a family history of chronic kidney disease
  • African-Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans
  • Senior Citizens

These simple tests are suggested for those at risk: Routine blood pressure checks and a urinalysis that is used to check for protein and a blood test to test for the level of serum creatinine. If this waste build-up is present in the urine it indicates that the kidneys are having difficulty filtering the blood. When caught early chronic kidney disease can be treated to prolong or even prevent associated complicating factors, such as heart disease. You can find out more about prevention and treatment options for chronic kidney disease call the National Kidney Foundation at 1 (800) 622-9010 or visit their web site at:

Often money and insurance is a factor in preventive care. To ease the financial burden of health each state has free or low cost screenings, testing, and discussion groups available. Check with you doctor to find out the options in your area. Regular health screenings allow you to seek treatment for medical problems early and avoid long term high risk. For preventive and treatment options available there are a number of resources available online. The Men's Healthline is a site that offers insightful information, answers and solutions to health concerns for men. Among the helpful and informative health issues covered at the Men's Healthline are Men's Health and Mortality, Prostate and Testicular Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and links to a variety of resources.

To find more links to Free or Low Cost Health Care available in your area visit, where you will find clinics listed by state. The services may vary at the centers according to the funding available to each clinic. You may also speak to your personal doctor who can suggest screening and treatment options in your area.

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