Published on June 17, 2019

Men’s Health Month

PELLA, Iowa—June is Men’s Health Month and is a time to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. Pella Regional is reminding the public that regular exams and screenings can reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic disease.

Men are half as likely as women to go to the doctor in a two-year period and twice as likely to admit to never seeing a doctor in their adult lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “This is cause for concern,” said Scot R. Dykstra, MD, Family Practice physician at Pella Regional. “Adult males should have regular checkups because they are at risk for diseases which are often asymptomatic which include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even diabetes. It is important that men are screened appropriately based on risks including being overweight, family history or other comorbid conditions.”

Prevention starts with seeing a health care provider on a regular basis. Establishing baselines for risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and monitoring how those risk factors change over time will assist the provider in catching potentially dangerous conditions early, when they’re still treatable.

“One of the most common preventable conditions in men is colorectal cancer,” said Dykstra. “It is important that men are screened once they reach the age of 50 or before based on personal or family history. This is one of the diseases that can be easily treated if caught early."

Dykstra encourages men to make regular visits to their health care provider and discuss all the preventative measures for their age and risk factors while at the office. “Men need to take ownership of their health,” said Dykstra. “They should not expect to come to the doctor once a year and have everything fixed. If men want to take an active approach to their health, they need to carve out time on a weekly or even daily basis to be physically active and also consciously aware of the food choices they make.” 

To schedule an annual exam at any of our medical clinics in Pella, Knoxville, Ottumwa, Prairie City, Sully, Bussey, New Sharon or Monroe, please visit https://www.pellahealth.org/request-an-appointment/.