Fairfax Radiology Centers

June is Men’s Health Month

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Men’s Health Month is celebrated in June to raise awareness about health challenges faced by men and encourage proactive steps toward a healthier lifestyle. This month emphasizes preventive care, mental well-being, and informed lifestyle choices. By focusing on these aspects, men can enhance their overall health and quality of life.

Preventive care is essential for maintaining good health. Regular check-ups, screenings, and vaccinations play an important role in detecting health issues early when they are most treatable. Men are encouraged to schedule routine visits with their healthcare providers to monitor blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and other vital indicators.

Additionally, screenings for prostate cancer should be prioritized, as early detection significantly improves treatment outcomes. 

On average, one in eight men are diagnosed with prostate cancer later in their life. Dr. Cullen Ruff at Fairfax Radiology Centers recommends that men over the age of 50 get their prostate screenings, such as a prostate specific antigen or PSA test. The PSA test is a blood test that measures the amount of PSA in the body. If levels are high, it may be an indicator of prostate cancer, so a Prostate MRI may then be recommended.

Embracing a healthier lifestyle can make a big impact on overall health. Seeking support groups or talking with friends and family can make a significant difference in mental well-being. Consider incorporating regular physical activity like taking a walk, maintaining a balanced diet to include plenty of fruits and vegetables, getting seven to eight hours of sleep, and avoiding harmful habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. 

Take charge of your health today – talk to your healthcare provider and schedule your next appointment. 

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