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WKU Health Services : Men's Health

Men's Health Services

Routine annual exams include blood pressure, cholesterol tests, screening for prostate and colon cancers.

Whether you are interested in discussing health risk behaviors such as sexually transmitted infections, receiving information on how to perform self-exams, or acute care needs, a Men's Preventive Health Visit offers expanded counseling on topics specifically geared toward men.

The following concerns are commonly managed at Health Services include:

  • Testicular or scrotal pain, swelling or lumps
  • Painful urination or urethral discharge
  • Difficulty voiding or weak urinary stream
  • Rash or bumps in the genital area
  • Erectile problems and premature ejaculation

CAUTION: Patients with sudden and/or severe gential pain should go immediately to Health Services.

How can I improve my health?

Several professional groups including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, have determined that routine annual physicals for healthy adults are unnecessary. Rather, healthy people are better served by seeing medical providers for specific age and risk-related screening tests, designed to detect medical conditions that are treatable when discovered early.

College age men die or are injured three times more often than women. Half of these are preventable deaths that result from risk taking and poor health behaviors.

Every Day
  • If you smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco, quit or cut down
  • Avoid high-risk drinking and recreational drugs
  • Wear seat belts, avoid aggressive driving, and never drive under the influence of alcohol
  • If you are sexually active, use condoms and practice safe sexual practices
  • Watch your fat intake and eat 5 - 9 servings of vegetable and fruit daily
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes most days of the week
  • Be aware of stress, anxiety, and mood
  • Protect yourself from the sun - use sunscreen and dress appropriately.

 

Every Month
  • Be aware of your weight - check your body mass index
  • Practice monthly testicular self-exams to detect testicular cancer
  • Perform a self-examination for unusual moles or other skin conditions.

 

Every Year
  • Have your blood pressure checked every year
  • Make an appointment with WKUHS if several readings are above 140/90
  • Have a dental checkup once or twice a year
  • Get a flu shot
  • If you are obese, have a family history of diabetes, are from certain ethnic groups, including African-Americans and Native Americans, or have high blood pressure or high cholesterol have a blood test for diabetes every three years
  • Have your cholesterol checked every 5 years if yo uare over 35 or have an immediate family member with high cholesterol

 

Other Tips
  • Consider STD testing if you have had multiple partners or any sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Consider HIV testing if you have had multiple partners, had sex with a man, or injected illegal drugs.
  • Make certain you have had the Hepatitis vaccine and get a tetanus booster every 10 years.
  • Make certain you have the Hepatitis A vaccine if you have sex with men.
  • After age 50: have a yearly physical examination.
  • After age 50: have a stool test for microscopic amounts of blood.
  • After age 50: Have a colonoscopy every 10 years or as recommended by your clinician.

 

 Last Modified 7/22/13