Health and Screening Tests Every Man Needs
Why Screening Tests Are Important
Getting the right screening tests at the correct times is one of the most important things a man can do for his health. Screening allows you to spot disease or risk of disease early when they are easier to treat or prevent.
Early detection can result in certain cancers being fought off, and finding diabetes early may help prevent complications such as vision loss and impotence. The types of screening tests best suited to you are based largely on age as well as some other risk factors.
Prostate Cancer Screening
The prostate is a gland part of the male reproductive system which helps produce semen. Prostate cancer tends to be slow-growing cancer but has been known to grow fast in certain circumstances. Prostate cancer screening tests can find the disease early, sometimes before symptoms develop when treatments are most effective.
LetsGetChecked offer a Prostate PSA screening test. This screening tests a small blood sample to measure the level of prostate-specific antigen present in the blood. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein produced by normal and cancerous prostate cells.
PSA levels can be raised due to other medical conditions such as an enlarged prostate called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. If needed, we can refer you to your GP or a Urologist for further evaluation.
Men have a slightly higher risk of developing bowel (or colon) cancer than women. Most cases of bowel cancer slowly develop from colon polyps. These growths appear on the inner surface of the large intestine. After cancer develops, it can invade or spread to other parts of the body.
LetsGetChecked also offers a bowel screening test to determine the presence of cancerous or precancerous growths in the colon. This faecal immunochemical test (FIT) can detect small amounts of blood in your stool sample.
If your bowel screening test comes back as positive, it does not mean you have cancer, but we will refer you to a consultant Gastroenterologist or your GP for a further examination.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found in the fats (lipids) in your blood. Your body needs a certain amount of cholesterol to continue building healthy cells. That being said having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease.
More specifically, a high level of LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol can cause Atherosclerosis or the hardening and narrowing of the arteries. This can progress without symptoms for many years.
You can get a blood lipid panel from your doctor or you can purchase a convenient and accurate personal Heart Check test from LetsGetChecked. Both methods test for LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), and triglycerides (blood fat).
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
HIV is the virus that can lead to very serious health issues or AIDS. The virus lives in the blood and other body secretions of infected individuals, even in those who experience no symptoms. It spreads from one person to another when these secretions come in contact with the vagina, anal area, mouth, eyes, or a break in the skin. There is still no cure or vaccine. Modern treatments can keep HIV infection from becoming AIDS, but these medications can have some significant side effects.
You should get tested if you:
- had sex without a condom
- shared needles when injecting drugs
- put yourself at risk of HIV in any other way or are worried you might have.
The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. A lot of people feel nervous about it, but the reasons to test far outweigh the reasons not to test. We look at the main reasons why you should get tested.
The LetsGetChecked Standard 6 Sexual Health test screens for HIV as well as the other five most common STIs as routinely screened for in sexual health clinics.
Testosterone is a hormone found in men’s testicles. Signs of low testosterone (also called hypogonadism) are often subtle and can be mistaken for a natural part of ageing.
In men, testosterone stimulates sperm production, sex drive and it also helps build muscle and bone mass. Typically, testosterone production decreases as men age and should it decrease more than normal, they can experience a range of symptoms. These include low sex drive, difficulty achieving erection, low semen volume, hair loss, fatigue or lack of energy, muscle wasting, increase in body fat and mood swings.
LetsGetChecked offer a Personal Testosterone Test to allow you to manage and track your testosterone levels. This test will measure the amount of testosterone present in your blood. The test will also detect the presence of sex binding globulin hormone (SBGH) which can bind itself to a man’s testosterone making it ineffective and not available within a man’s body for utilisation.
Remember to Get Checked!
Bowel screening, as well as the other personal health screening tests mentioned above, are important to ensure that underlying issues don’t develop into serious health problems. Many of the most serious cancers, if caught early enough, can be treated and eradicated for good.
All men should be aware of the risks posed by the different types of cancer, heart disease and other harmful infections, and be actively observing their body through regular testing.
For more information on the LetsGetChecked range of personal health tests, go to www.LetsGetChecked.com
Written by Matthew Hennessy