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Men’s Health Week: Staying one step ahead of common men’s health issues
Story Number is : 061117107
Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital

For many men, annual visits with a primary care provider are not high on the priority list. However, it’s important that you don’t put it off. Your primary care provider can treat your temporary ills and ailments, and also help prevent or catch health issues before they become serious health challenges. As men age, this becomes increasingly important as your risk of prostate cancer and other health issues increase.

These are just some of the reasons that June 12 through 18, 2017, has been declared Men’s Health Week in an effort to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men of all ages.

With offices in Hyde Park and West Roxbury, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Community Physicians see men and women of all ages. Medical Director Dr. John Lewis stresses the importance of an annual exam with his male patients. “In addition to taking your family and social history, checking vital signs, listening to your heart and lungs and conducting standard tests, a man’s annual physical will include a testicular exam, penile exam and, when indicated, a prostate exam,” says Dr. Lewis. Should any warning signs arise, your primary care provider can help determine if further tests, such as prostate cancer screening, are needed.

Prostate cancer often grows slowly and causes no symptoms initially. Without proper screening, you may not know you have it until it has spread outside the prostate, when it’s more difficult to treat. Prostate cancer is also more common in certain populations, meaning men who fall into these groups should be extra vigilant. “Beginning at age 45, African American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should be offered prostate cancer screening every year,” Dr. Lewis says. “Men with prostate cancer will need to see a urologist to determine the best course of treatment for their particular case,” he explains.

At Brigham and Women’s Urology at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital you will find specialists skilled in treating prostate cancer. You will also find the Men’s Health Clinic where physicians provide specialized and comprehensive care tailored to men. The Men’s Health Clinic is a state-of-the-art facility established to meet the growing demand for services that address common but troubling health issues that can significantly impact quality of life, such as delayed, absent or premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, low sexual desire, low testosterone and Peyronie’s disease.

Board-certified and fellowship-trained urologist Dr. Michael O’Leary leads the medical team in the Men’s Health Clinic. “As a leader in men’s health issues, we’re dedicated to doing everything possible to help patients regain sexual function and confidence so they can maintain a healthy and satisfying sex life at any age,” says Dr. O’Leary.

Male sexual health concerns are common and increase with age, as does your risk of prostate cancer. That’s why it’s important to visit your primary care provider annually. As your body ages, physicians can help you determine what steps are necessary, and when, to keep you healthier longer.

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