A morning for men

When it comes to gender differences in regard to health, there are many, but one presents a particularly high risk. Women are more likely than men to seek routine, preventative medical council. In fact, in 2001 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that women were 33 percent more likely than men to visit a doctor. This information, paired with the risk of gender-specific diseases such as prostate cancer, inspires Rhys Rudolph, MD – Parkview Physicians Group – Urology, to educate men about the importance of screenings and overall wellness.  

What's one topic you tend to address with male patients?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, PSA, which is the test used to screen for prostate cancer.

Why is this so important?

Most men have BPH and don’t realize it, and of course the risk of cancer is incredibly serious because it is potentially fatal.

Why do you think men tend to neglect their health or don’t like to discuss it?

I would say fear and machismo both play a part.

How can we turn that around?

Having the correct information is so important for prevention and, when necessary, action.

What do you hope men get from these ne-on-one discussions?

I hope to provide them with knowledge and motivation to be more proactive with their health, both in regard to these conditions and overall.

 

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