Scheduling and attending physical exams can often seem like a chore that consistently stays at the very bottom of your priority list. However, regular physical exams are one of the most important steps that you can take to maintain your health. In this blog post, we’ll explain why you should take the time to schedule and attend physical exams.

Because the year has just begun, it’s a great time to make regular physical exams a priority in your life. Men’s Vitality Center is Tempe’s top resource for men’s health resources – contact our office today for an appointment!

What is Preventative Care?

Preventative care is a relatively simple concept. Think of your body like a car in the sense that it’s more expensive and inconvenient to fix problems when they’ve been left to get worse over a long period of time. Unlike your car, however, leaving certain problems untreated in your body can lead to irreversible and, in some cases, fatal, outcomes.

Taking the time to schedule and attend physical exams will provide your doctor with the opportunity to monitor any of your current conditions and check to see if there are any issues that should be addressed in the future. If your family has a history of disease or illness, it’s important for your doctor to have as much of the relevant information as possible so that they can monitor your health as you age.

Common Men’s Health Issues to Look Out For

Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer can often be detected by checking for small lumps or enlargements on the testicles, but there are other prominent symptoms of testicular cancer. Aches, pains, and discomfort in the groin area can be an indication that testicular cancer is developing, though these symptoms can often be explained by other conditions. Regular physical exams provide the perfect opportunity for your doctor to monitor your testicles for any problematic symptoms.

Prostate Health

We get it – very few men want to have a prostate exam. Prostate exams are regularly punchlines of comedy routines, and many men find them uncomfortable and embarrassing. However, prostate exams can be one of the most important preventative health measures that men over 50 can take. Prostate cancer is nearly undiagnosable until it’s in later stages without a prostate exam, and men with a history of prostate cancer in their family should probably begin regular prostate exams earlier than age 50. Again, sharing your family’s health history with your doctor will give them the opportunity to provide you with an individualized preventative care strategy.

Many men begin to experience prostatitis (also known as an enlarged prostate) as they age, and the symptoms of prostate cancer and prostatitis are often quite similar. Prostatitis can be managed, but it’s important to start the treatment as early as possible, and prostate exams can help your doctor diagnose the condition before it worsens.

These are just a few of the reasons why you should make regular physical exams a priority in your life. If you’re looking for a men’s health provider in Tempe, contact Men’s Vitality Center today! We offer everything from physicals to weight loss and diabetes management, and we would love to speak with you!