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Understand the Importance of Health Screenings

Health Screenings

Are you a person who is a bit of a procrastinator and usually delays your work? Do you later think that what if you have done it on time? Take note of your physique. If you are a Medicare person, ask your doctor if you should be checked for prostate, colorectal, or all cancers. The smart move is to get a health screenings done. Screening tests will diagnose cancer early when treatment works finest.

To stop screenings, do not use cost as an excuse. Medicare provides a digital rectal examination and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test once every 12 months for men 50 or over. Medicare also offers several screenings for colorectal cancer, such as the fecal occult blood test, flexible sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy, and you pay nothing for specific tests.

If you are curious about when to have cancer scans, keep this in mind: in the United States, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men; in the number of cancer deaths, it is second to lung cancer. During their lifetime, about 13%  of American men will get prostate cancer. If you are 50 or older, are African-American, or have a father, brother, or son who has had prostate cancer, you are at a higher risk of having prostate cancer.

Colorectal cancer is also prevalent among men; colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it does not have to be. It affects both men and women. We could prevent as many as 60%  of deaths from this cancer if anyone aged 50 to 75 got screening annually.

In most cases, colorectal cancer grows in the colon or rectum from precancerous polyps (abnormal growths). Luckily, these polyps can be detected in screening tests, so you can have them removed before they turn into cancer.

June is Men’s Month of Wellbeing. Do not underestimate the value of health screenings. Be a wise man. Get the prostate and colorectal cancer checked. For more information, visit NewMedicare.com.

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