Regular checkups help men establish a strong relationship with their doctor and let you stay up-to-date on needed exams and procedures. At Selma Family Care, PC, in Selma, Alabama, Dr. Sean Bohannon has experience in men’s health issues including sexual health, prostate checkups, and disease prevention. To schedule a full checkup focusing on men’s health concerns, call or book an appointment online today.
It’s important for both men and women to see their doctor regularly to have screenings for preventive conditions and to talk about their healthy and unhealthy habits. But men have some screenings specific to them, such as a test for prostate cancer and a check for testicular cancer.
And at regular checkups with his male patients, Dr. Bohannon also discusses health issues that can commonly occur in men, including heart attacks, strokes, male sexual health, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Screening tests serve two purposes. They let Dr. Bohannon know if there are any medical concerns, and they provide a medical history he can refer back to in the future to see if there are any changes that might indicate a concern.
Medical conditions that Dr. Bohannon often screens men for include:
Two tests are frequently used to check for cancer of the prostate, a gland the size of a walnut. One is through a physical exam called the digital rectal exam. Dr. Bohannon inserts his gloved, lubricated hand into your rectum to check the size of your prostate and to feel for any abnormalities. It could be a lifesaving exam.
A second common test is a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, a blood test that measures PSA, a substance made by the prostate. A high level of PSA can indicate prostate cancer or other prostate condition.
Many men don’t realize they can have a sexually transmitted disease but not have symptoms. That means that you can spread an STD without realizing it and that your disease can progress before you have a chance to treat it.
Many STDs, if detected early, can be fully treated with an antibiotic. And HIV, if detected early, can be treated before it becomes full-blown AIDS.
Dr. Bohannon is ready to answer all your questions, no matter how intimate. Don’t hesitate to bring up anything of concern during your physical exam or to call the office to speak with Dr. Bohannon after your checkup.
Are you due for a full men’s physical exam? Call the office or book online for an appointment with Dr. Bohannon at Selma Family Care.