Men's Health Screenings
Serving Westlake, Lake Charles & Surrounding Communities Since 1952
What is the importance of screenings? Simply put, the goal of regular testing is to catch a dangerous disease before you begin to exhibit symptoms. You owe it to your loved ones and to yourself to take precautions for your health! Let Lake Charles Memorial Health System be a part of your wellness plan.
What Diseases Should I Be Screened For?
Examples of diseases that men over 50 should talk to their doctors about being tested for include:
- Colorectal cancer - Colonoscopies and stool blood tests are two common forms of colorectal cancer screenings.
- High blood pressure - You should have your blood pressure tested every two years at minimum. Blood pressure that is 140 / 90 or higher is considered high and can serve as a risk factor for a host of serious conditions.
- HIV - You may be eligible for HIV screening if you have used injection drugs, had sex with men, had unprotected sex with more than one partner, undergone a blood transfusion in the late 1970s or early 1980s, or are currently being treated for a sexually transmitted disease. Other risk factors apply. Speak with your doctor about HIV testing.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) - Men who are over 65 and who have been moderate to habitual smokers should talk to their doctors about this test, which requires a simple, non-invasive ultrasound. An AAA can burst and even cause death.
- High cholesterol - A healthy diet is one way to keep your cholesterol levels down. Speak with your doctor about your cholesterol and be sure to receive regular check-ups.
- Diabetes - Men with blood pressures higher than 135 / 80 are at risk for diabetes. Speak with your doctor if you have high blood pressure or other risk factors.
- Sexually transmitted diseases - Speak with your doctor about screenings for sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis.
- Obesity - Speak with your doctor about your weight. Find out your BMI and take steps to ensure that you are in a healthy range. Studies have found that even moderate weight loss can have enormous health benefits.
Contact our Lake Charles hospital to schedule your appointment today.