The world over, men are 25% less likely than women to have visited a doctor in the past year. Too many men put off important preventive checkups and screenings, but prevention and early detection are vital - especially in combating the two most common killers of men: heart disease and cancer. MDsave gives you the tools to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you or your family. Our up-front pricing means there are no surprise bills later, and with an intuitive user interface, its easy to read quality reviews, compare prices, and then choose and schedule your procedure. Whether you have a high-deductible insurance plan, no insurance, or are shopping for the lowest out-of-pocket rates, we can help you find the healthcare you need at savings of up to 60%.
Its widely accepted that men typically die earlier than women – a worldwide average of six years earlier, in fact. Many factors are believed to contribute to this statistic, both behavioral and physical. Men are more likely than women to choose dangerous occupations, for example, and social pressure to appear self-reliant and strong can lead many men not to seek medical care when its needed. Stereotypical expectations of masculinity can make men hesitant to seek out healthcare in general, but they often are an even greater obstacle to men dealing with mental health issues, like depression. Behavioral risks like these, combined with naturally occurring physical risk factors (e.g., men statistically face coronary artery disease earlier than women and have lower levels of good cholesterol) mean that skipping important preventive care can be especially dangerous for men. Early detection and intervention is critical in improving the success of treatments for many of the leading causes of death in American men. Knowledge is power and prevention is key.
In the United States, heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women. Heart disease is responsible for killing one in every four men. More frightening still is that half of the men who die from heart disease exhibit no previous symptoms, and between 70–89% of sudden cardiac events occur in men. This is why it is especially important for men to keep up with regular screenings and checkups to monitor key risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure, high LDL (bad) cholesterol, and to get help quitting smoking if needed.
Prostate cancer is the second most commonly occurring cancer in men, and an estimated 220,800 new cases will occur in 2015 alone. Age is one of the most important risk factors for prostate cancer, and the average age of diagnosis is 66. The risk of developing prostate cancer increases after age 50. Family history of prostate cancer also indicates a greater risk if the cancer affected a close relative, like a brother or father (PDF link). Getting screened, either through a blood test called a prostate-specific antigen screening or a physical exam called a digital rectal exam can help detect prostate cancer even before symptoms are present.
The past few decades have seen a rise in the incidence of testicular cancer in the United States. Testicular cancer affects primarily young and middle-aged men and is diagnosed at an average age of 33. Often, a physical examination is able to detect any lumps which may be indicative of cancer. In the event lumps are found, a testicular biopsy may be used to confirm a diagnosis of cancer. Testicular cancer can be treated with the surgical removal of the testicle (orchiectomy), radiation therapy, or chemotherapy, and has more than a 95% survival rate when treated.
Colon and rectal cancers (often referred to jointly as colorectal cancer) are among the most common forms of cancer in the United States, and 1 in 20 Americans will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime. However, the death rate from colorectal cancer has been dropping over the last twenty years. Screenings and colonoscopies can both find polyps before they develop into cancer, and detect developed cancers at earlier stages when treatment is more likely to be successful.
Worldwide, a man dies every minute from suicide. Though mental illness affects both men and women, men are statistically less likely to recognize symptoms and seek help. Male gender roles and stereotypes can make men hesitant to seek therapy, even when they are aware that they may be exhibiting symptoms of mental illness. Depression affects an estimated five million men every year, and men are four times more likely than women to complete a suicide attempt. Treatment for mental illness often varies between individuals, and the success of treatment is often improved by the patient taking an active role in their treatment plan.