Men and Medicine

By: Amy Jones
By: Amy Jones

A recent Men's Health/CNN survey found that only 32 percent of men get annual cancer screenings.

Compare that to 50 percent of women who do get screened for cancer. Doctor Sam Parish says the reason stems from the way our culture influences boys and girls. He says boys are taught to ignore injuries and that mindset just grows with age.

Parish says that the mindset is very dangerous because early detection often helps patients survive diseases like prostate cancer. That's why Dr. Parish suggests that men between the ages of 20 and 40 should get a check-up ever 3-5 years. If you are between 40 and 50, you should go every 2-3 years.

You should visit every year if you are 50 and above.

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