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November is Men’s Health Awareness Month — A new national survey commissioned by Orlando Health found that 48% of men made an excuse for not making their yearly doctor’s visits. Make sure you’re staying on top of your health—schedule an appointment to talk to your health provider today. 

It’s a fact: Black men don’t go to the doctor enough. Our loved ones and communities suffer as a result.  Mo-vember is a campaign that promotes growing a mustache during November to raise awareness about men’s health. It focuses on prostate cancer, mental health, and testicular cancer.  Let’s encourage Black men to take on healthier behaviors and go to the doctor every year.  And, consider growing a mustache in November to represent your commitment to a healthy lifestyle!
Many men make excuses for skipping annual medical checkup assessments.

Let’s read further to understand some of those excuses. 

1. Stigma of Having a Disease (click to open)
We would rather limp than get an ankle brace. Men don’t want to feel or appear weak in any capacity. The stigma of “having something” is often too great for our Black men who are constantly labeled in society already. In addition to being Black, male, this age, this weight, from this place, you now mean to tell me I have X, Y and Z conditions?
The pressure is too great for our Black men who would rather suffer in silence because of this stigma. Dr. Reed believes part of this stigma is affected by a level of shame in being diagnosed with a condition or disease.
2. We Don’t Know Our Family History

Our bloodline is a gateway to the story of our health’s present and future. If your family has a history of high blood pressure it could help inform you on your next steps to either prevention or maintenance of this condition.

Dr. Reed recommends talking to your family once a year about their current and past medical history to get an overview of what’s going on. Awareness can provide you with some prevention strategies to extend your life.

3. Lack of Awareness

It’s one thing to go to the doctor, but it’s another to be completely knowledgeable about what your doctor said. Men are often passive participants once they hit the doctor’s office.

A brother can go to the doctor and still walk out clueless as to what happened during that visit. Men don’t know how real things can get until it’s too late, so it’s important to ask questions and understand completely why you’re there.

Tips to overcome these issues. Pass It On...

Find a doctor you feel comfortable with.

Guys don’t like discussing anything that’s too personal. We’re not the emotional beings that will give you our whole life story. We get especially private when it comes to our health issues. Finding a physician that you feel comfortable speaking to about your concerns is one of the most important steps to developing a healthy lifestyle. Men, we have to let that guard down. Find a doctor that makes you feel at ease.

Hold community leaders accountable for speaking up.

Anybody who has a vested interest in the community and has power needs to speak up about the importance of health screenings. Dr. Reed speaks to church leaders all the time about how their voice has the potential to affect the outcomes of their congregations. She believes that if you can get them to tithe, fast and volunteer their time, they’ll also work out and treat their bodies as temples as well.

Stop being a guinea pig.

Dr. Reed says that oftentimes men are too passive when they go to the doctor. Men need to start asking questions about what’s exactly going on at every step of the process during their doctor visits. If you’re unsure of something have the doctor write it down for you. Stop them and ask for clarification if they’re going too fast or speaking in medically exclusive ways.

Make it a family affair

It’s a good idea to take a family member to the doctor with you. Dr. Reed says that bringing someone else to the table who loves you will bring out questions that you might not ask. You can’t rely on the medical summary to tell you everything!

Derrick M. Lane is a columnist for BlackDoctor.org, where this article was originally published.

The dangers of avoiding doctors and medical visits

The consequences of putting medical care off, or keeping information from ones doctor, can be dire according to Djordjevic.

“I think the number one problem is missing the early warning signs of a more serious condition,” he explained. “Especially when it comes to ‘silent symptoms,’ such as diagnosing pre-diabetes and other chronic medical conditions that should be addressed as early as possible.”

The other example he gave was prostate cancer, which can be detected with a simple physical exam. “Patients that are diagnosed at an early stage have a much better prognosis than those who show up too late at the doctor.”

By putting those exams off, men may be in much worse condition by the time a disease is caught than they would have been if they had gone in early and regularly.

Rowe explained, “Unfortunately, due to delays and denials, by the time they come, sometimes the disease is no longer treatable. They may have to deal with consequences like dialysis, limb amputations, and sometimes death.”

In these videos let’s review some conversations both men and women  should have with medical provider during your medical visit.

OCTOBER BREAST CANCER SCREENING AWARENESS MONTH

 

What is Cancer?

Cancer is the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases characterized by the development of abnormal cells that divide uncontrollably and have the ability to infiltrate and destroy normal body tissue. Untreated cancers can cause serious illness and death.

How Cancers Differ:

Different types of cancer can behave very differently. For instance, lung cancer and skin cancer are very different diseases. They grow at different rates and respond to different treatments. This is why people with cancer need treatment that’s aimed at their kind of cancer.

Tumors That Are Not Cancer (benign):

A tumor is an abnormal lump or collection of cells, but not all tumors are cancer. Tumors that aren’t cancer are called benign. Benign tumors can cause problems – they can grow very large and press on healthy organs and tissues. But they can’t grow into (invade) other tissues. And they can’t spread to other parts of the body (metastasize). These tumors are seldom life threatening.

Benign Tumors:

A tumor is an abnormal lump or collection of cells, but not all tumors are cancer.

Tumors that aren’t cancer are called benign. Benign tumors can cause problems – they can grow very large and press on healthy organs and tissues. But they can’t grow into (invade) other tissues. And they can’t spread to other parts of the body (metastasize). These tumors are seldom life threatening.

How Cancer Spreads:

The process of cancer spreading is called metastasis.

Cancer cells often travel to other parts of the body where they can grow and form new tumors that crowd out normal tissue. This happens when the cancer cells get into the body’s bloodstream or lymph vessels.

No matter where a cancer may spread, it’s always named based on the place where it started. For instance, colon cancer that has spread to the liver is called metastatic colon cancer, not liver cancer. In this case, cancer cells taken from the liver would be the same as those in the colon. They would be treated in the same ways, too.

This information is provided with the understanding it is not engaged for rendering medical advice or recommendation. The information provided in these videos DOES NOT replace consultations with qualified health care professionals to meet your individual medical needs. Do your research, Ask questions and then ask more questions. The more you understand and the more you know – the better your possible medical outcomes.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

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