Statistically, men are less likely than women to see their physician on a regular basis, leading to skipped screenings, missed diagnoses, and an overall poorer quality of life. We are here to help you make your wellness a priority:
- Primary care clinics on the east and west bank
- Growing list of local specialists
- Free/affordable screening events
- Medicare Wellness Program
TUNE-UP YOUR WELLNESS PLAN
Below we’ve compiled a list of quick, routine health screenings to help men on their way to wellness. Consider discussing these screenings with your primary care physician.
Blood Pressure Test
A blood pressure screening is painless, simple, and can often be done without a doctor visit—yet many men rarely have it done. Because blood pressure issues are associated with so many serious health problems, the American Heart Association is tightening up what is considered healthy. Take advantage of these screenings when possible and talk to your doctor about how often to get checked and what numbers you should be aiming for.
Cholesterol is measured through a simple blood test. Cholesterol levels give physicians some insight into your overall heart health. Depending on your age or last screening, your insurance plan may cover this blood test. In addition, the hospital sponsors an annual event that allows community members to walk in for a cholesterol screening. If it’s been a while, talk to your doctor about your options.
Prostate Cancer Screening
A Prostate Specific Antigen Screening (PSA) can alert your physician to possible problems which can include cancer. Results may help your doctor determine if farther testing is needed. Prostate cancer can be cured and usually, the earlier the diagnosis the less invasive the treatment. PSAs are offered annually at the hospital, but can also be ordered as needed by your physician.
Colon Cancer Screening
Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, yet this type of cancer is one of the most preventable. Men—generally age 50 or older—are encouraged to have a colon cancer screening. The most common, a colonoscopy, allows a physician to remove polyps—clumps of cells—usually before they can become cancer. There are also less invasive options now available that some men may qualify for. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Talk to your doctor about your options.
Skin Cancer Check
Men are more likely than women to get skin cancers, so it’s even more important for them to be aware of new or changing skin conditions. Finding issues early can reduce complications. Also, get your doctor on board. Don’t be afraid to have your physician evaluate any skin issues during annual wellness visits. Scared to forget them all? Circle any small spots with an ink pen before heading to the doctor.
Diabetes can often start as a “silent killer,” negatively affecting most systems of the body even before a patient is diagnosed. One-third of Americans live with this deadly disease unaware they even have it. If you begin experiencing issues such as increased thirst, hunger after eating, frequent urination, fatigue and/or blurred vision or have a family history, talk to your doctor as soon as possible to get recommendations on screenings. A fasting glucose test is one of the screenings included in the hospital’s annual screening event.
Your Primary Care Physician is not just someone to see when you are sick. The reason many insurance companies cover preventative care such as wellness visits and screenings is because these visits are successful in keeping you healthier and improving your quality of life. Noticing a potential problem early allows you more treatment options and results in better outcomes.
THE TOOLS YOU NEED, RIGHT HERE AT HOME
Primary Care & Hospital-Owned Clinics
- Lutcher Family Clinic 225.869.9890
- St. James West Bank Clinic 225.265.3013
- Poche Medical Clinic 225.869.3493
- St. James Urology Clinic 225.258.2070
- St. James Surgical Specialists 225.258.2080
On-Site Specialists* 225.258.5930
- Wound Care
- Medicare Wellness Visits 225.258.2066
- Lab 225.258.5993
- Radiology 225.258.5953
- Surgery 225.258.5968
- Rehab/Therapy 225.258.5934
- Cardiopulmonary 225.258.5931
*Specialists with local clinics. CLICK HERE for a full listing. Subject to change.