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TMH Living Well: Calling all men! Get screened during March MANness

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Have you had your car in for an oil change lately? How about a tune-up? Well, now it's your turn. Get in and get your motor and all its parts checked during the March MANness event.

For the entire month of March, The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic is offering a one-stop screening appointment for men who get five screenings done at once, all for just $100. Now, that's convenient.

If you haven't been to the doctor in the last year you are not alone. Studies show that over half of men in the U.S. haven't seen a doctor in the past year. When they do go, it's often when symptoms are pounding on the door.

"Men, in general, often wait too long to get care," said Terri Jourgensen, RN, BSN and Clinical Director at TMH Medical Clinic.

That's the motivation behind the March MANness campaign — to get men in and get them screened for common diseases specific to men.

For 100 bucks, men get lab workups and screenings for high cholesterol and heart disease (lipid panel), diabetes (hemoglobin A1c), prostate cancer (PSA test for men ages 50 and up), blood pressure check and a vision and hearing screen. Labs will be completed on site. Cash and credit accepted, not insurance.

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Men name different reasons for not going to the doctor. It's inconvenient. It goes against the manly idea of being strong and invincible. Plus, who wants to hear that something's wrong?

"A lot of people avoid getting check-ups for fear the doctor will find something terribly wrong, especially if they have a family history of disease. But, avoidance only makes it worse," Jourgensen said. "Most diseases don't kill you instantly, but they can debilitate you. That's why it's important for men to come in for screenings so they can continue a high quality of life."

Men not only tend to wait too long to see the doctor, they are also less likely than women to have a primary care doctor — someone they see regularly and trust.

"In the past, having a primary care doctor was the norm. In the last decade or two there was a move to specialized care. While we still have—and need—specialists, I think patients are circling back around to wanting an established primary care doctor," Jourgensen said. "There is great value in having a doctor, or team of doctors, who knows your health history and your medical needs from head to toe,"

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common diseases that strike men are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. The CDC states that motor vehicle accidents and suicides are also common causes for death among men.

Need an incentive to get yourself to pick up the phone and set the appointment? Every man who comes in for a March MANness screening appointment gets to enter a drawing to win a prize.

If you are unable to get in to the clinic the month of March, consider attending the annual TMH Health Fair on Saturday, April 11. Many of the same tests will be offered then on an individual basis.

Make a MANness appointment. It will likely take less time than an oil change.

This weekly article with tips on living well is sponsored by The Memorial Hospital at Craig – improving the quality of life for the communities we serve through patient-centered healthcare and service excellence.

C’mon. Man up. Get screened.

March MANness Event, five screenings for $100

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in March

The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic, 785 Russell Street

For more information, call 970-826-2480.

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