New survey: men have much to learn about health screenings

Many men, regardless of age, don't know when to be screened for certain health conditions, according to a new Cleveland Clinic survey.

Dr. Edmund Sabanegh isn't surprised and says some men take better care of their cars than their bodies.

"Those of us who love our cars would not bring our car in out of oil, burned out engine, and that's the situation we risk getting in with men," he says.

Survey results show that only a third of men knew that screening for colon cancer begins at age 50 - sooner than that, even, if you're at high risk.

"Colon cancer is one of the cancers that are extremely preventable and treatable. If we find it early, we can really take great care of this man," says Dr. Sabanegh.

There's also confusion among men when to comes to prostate cancer screenings.

"Fifty is the magic number where we start recommending physical exams and PSA blood tests, which is a blood test that screens for prostate cancer. If you have a high risk situation, like a relative who has had prostate cancer, we would recommend screening earlier, usually at 45," he says.

More than half of the men surveyed believed heart screening tests begin at 40 or older, and that blood pressure screenings start at 35 - when both actually should start at age 20.

"We see cardiac disease as a growing problem in much younger men than we used to see it," Dr. Sabanegh says. "So, it's very important that they get at least an initial blood pressure and some screening at 20."

He adds that it's also a good idea for men to have their cholesterol checked.  It's recommended that everyone 20 and older be checked at least every five years. 

You can learn more about an event where men get screened for free here. It's coming up on Saturday, October 3 at Ford Field. CLICK HERE.

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