Statistics have shown that one-third of men would not go to the doctor despite having major health issues. Women are typically better at getting regular checkups.
However, studies have shown a rising number of women postponing their regular checkups due to their busy schedules.
Unfortunately, ignoring your regular health checks does not keep you healthy. Many times, you can be suffering from a serious condition and not show any symptoms.
Prostate and Breast cancer are both “silent killers” that can progress to a fatal stage before you even know they are there.
This is why early detection through regular testing is essential to save your life.
Breast cancer is one of the top 10 killers of women. In 2009, an estimated 191,000 women will be diagnosed. Of these, an estimated 41,000 will die from their cancer. On the other hand, experts say if breast cancer is caught in stage 1, 97% of all cases are curable.
During your annual women’s health checkup, your doctor should also perform a breast exam. He or she will palpate for any suspicious lumps or bumps. This is a good time to talk about concerns from your self checks.
After age 35, you should get a baseline mammogram from which all future mammograms will be compared to. After age 40, a mammogram should be performed annually. If you are over 50 and are not receiving an annual mammogram it is important that you immediately schedule one.
About 1 in every 35 men will die from prostate cancer. In 2009, an estimated 193,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Of these, about 28,000 cases will be fatal.
Fortunately, more and more men have begun receiving prostate cancer screenings, which are the only form of early detection for this cancer. Because of the rise in early detection, about 90% of these men will survive.
This number has dramatically increased in proportion to the number of men being screened. Furthermore, it has substantially improved 5 and 10 year survival rates.
All men over 50 should have a prostate screening annually. Prostate cancer screening is done in two parts. A digital rectal exam, or DRE, is a physical exam. Your doctor will check your prostate for any hard or lumpy areas.
The second part of prostate cancer screening is a blood test. A prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, test is performed. This screens your blood for the specific markers left by this cancer.
Man or woman, it does not matter. If you are over 50, you are at risk for cancer, especially breast or prostate cancer. If you want to stay ahead of these “silent killers”, it is important that you schedule a check up right away.