Early detection: important checkups for men
Some screening tests are feared, but in many cases, such as colon cancer, early detection can save lives. However, the so-called strong gender in particular often graces itself before such examinations. Here are some key health checks for men.
Men are a precautionary muffle
There is probably no one who really likes checkups. This also has to do with the fear that the doctor might find something bad. Men, in particular, are often lack of provision. Prof. Theodor Klotz of the Men's Health Foundation agrees. He told the dpa news agency: "Men in particular often only go to the doctor when something hurts." However, it can then be too late. When an illness has reached an advanced stage, the chance of a cure decreases.
Individually coordinated examinations
Prof. Klotz advises men to take regular - intelligent - preventive care. This means that the preventive care should be coordinated individually with the doctor. If, for example, a patient has critical values or if there has been prostate cancer in the family, for example, this prevention should be carried out more closely. "If this is not the case, it can also be enough to go for early diagnosis every two years," says Klotz. Otherwise there is a risk that overdiagnoses will be made, i.e. cancer that may not have caused symptoms for life. Therefore, critics believe that such studies are often unnecessary.
Useful preventive examinations
Klotz still thinks that precaution makes sense. Early diagnosis of cancer can have a major impact on male life expectancy. Here is an overview of which preventive medical checkups make sense and are covered by the statutory health insurance companies:
- From the age of 35, men can have cardiovascular and kidney diseases and diabetes every two years
- A skin cancer screening for men is also paid every two years from the age of 35
- From the age of 45 there is the possibility of early cancer detection for men with tactile examination of the prostate and the external genitalia - From 50 years: once a year colon cancer detection, examination for hidden blood in the stool - from 55 years old men can have colon cancer screening every two years with stool examination or a maximum of two colonoscopies. (ad)