June is Men’s Health Month. Health screenings for all men are critical for staying on top of their overall health. Most especially, African American men need to prioritize health screenings as this population is especially “at risk” for some penile- and prostate-related conditions, as well as obesity-related conditions. Yale Urology recommends reviewing this checklist of health screenings every African American male should consider from the American Urological Association (AUA). https://www.urologyhealth.org/resources/african-american-mens-health-checklist
High blood pressure and diabetes are common conditions in the African American population. Screening for high blood pressure and cholesterol annually or as directed by your doctor, as well as screening for high blood sugars are important especially if you have a family history of diabetes, are overweight, or have personal concerns.
Obesity is a widespread problem in the United States, and 38% of African Americans are obese. As a result, a common problem in men with heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and high cholesterol, is erectile dysfunction (ED). Nearly 30 million men suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) in the United States, At Yale Urology, we have excellent treatments for men with erectile dysfunction, especially if success is not found with medicines such as Viagra (sildenafil) or Cialis (tadalafil).
We also recommend speaking to your doctor about whether prostate cancer screening is recommended for you, as it one of the three most common cancers in men along with lung and colon cancer – especially if you are African American and/or have a family history. It’s important to note that African American men are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and nearly 2.5 times more likely to die of prostate cancer.
At Yale Urology, we strongly encourage all men to see their physicians for annual health screenings based on your age and risk factors. We are happy to discuss this more and how we can help with prostate and testis cancer awareness, as well as erectile dysfunction. We welcome your call at 203-785-2815.