July 15, 2021 | 11:02 AM
Men’s Day invites us to prioritize a preventive health care routine
Egidio Koziol *
Celebrated this Thursday (15), Men’s Day stimulates collective awareness of the importance of prevention and promotes how screening contributes to the health and well-being of the male population”
?? In general, men are more consciously resistant to not neglecting a routine of preventive care.”
Data collected by the Pan American Health Organization show that for every three adult deaths in Brazil, two are men. The statistics also point to another harsh fact: They live, on average, seven years less than women and are more likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes and cholesterol.
It is these negative indicators that are gaining voice in this month of July, when Human Day is celebrated and highlight the importance of the initiative in Brazil, where according to the Ministry of Health, the Brazilian male population has the most premature deaths, associated with factors such as violence and traffic accidents, as well as diseases Cardiovascular and heart attacks. Diseases that can be avoided or controlled by following a routine of care that includes constant examinations and examinations that can ensure a reduction in morbidity and mortality from preventable and preventable causes, as well as an increase in the life expectancy of men.
Indexes reveal that there is still a lot to go by with this audience, when it comes to investing in health and quality of life. In general, men are more consciously resistant to not neglecting a preventive care routine. There is no doubt that we have evolved on several factors. They are more specialized in eating a balanced diet, doing physical activities, but it is also necessary to monitor the body and its signs to identify diseases early. Today, with the development of medicine, it is already possible to significantly increase the chances of effective treatment, based on a quick and safe diagnosis.
This perception is supported by numbers. Studies show that more than 50% of the men’s department seek treatment only when there are some symptoms that disrupt their routine or seek care only when the diseases are in an advanced stage and in need, including some surgical intervention for example. More than ever, with the pandemic, many people – and this in general – have ended up foregoing treatments or delaying tests, and this directly affects the population’s quality of life. It is important that dates like these emphasize that exams should be part of everyone’s routine. Some are simpler, like checking your blood pressure, and monitoring your glucose and cholesterol levels. These are simple tests that help prevent or properly treat chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Time constraints and a rushed life are cited as two of the main factors that lead men to forgo medical exams. We need to encourage this audience to notice the signals the body makes when something needs to be investigated and to seek health services on an ongoing basis. These are initiatives like Men’s Health Day that help raise awareness of the importance of preventative care, especially for those with a more intense routine.
Prostate cancer, one of the male health evils, affects more than two million people in Brazil each year. The good news is that simple procedures help detect cases early, which contributes to improving the patient’s treatment journey. The progress of medicine is, without a doubt, the main ally of all. Today, our methodologies are increasingly sophisticated and contribute significantly to the quality of life of the population. Examinations such as ultrasound of the prostate, for example, are the most effective method of diagnostic investigation. In addition to being one of the most versatile imaging examinations on the market, it is non-invasive and does not pose risks of exposure to ionizing radiation, as in CT scans or X-ray examinations. It is one of the most frequently identified for detecting potential abnormalities and changes in the size or size of organs, as well as the presence of cysts and tumors.
MRI of the prostate should be included in the list of tests that may be indicated for the analysis of diseases or tumors in the prostate. Resonance is indicated as a next step for our patient’s treatment. In addition to being a non-invasive imaging test, it allows for accurate analysis of abnormalities detected in previous tests and can be crucial in cases of cancer diagnosis, as well as biopsy.
* Sabine Diagnostic Medicine Group. Learn more at https://www.fsb.com.br
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