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When we take action, we can prevent many unhealthy conditions. Men's Health Month is a program that urges men to put wellness first. Since men tend to visit medical experts less than women, it's even more essential that they know the signs of potential health problems. Call your doctor if you experience:
-Chest pain. Many sensations in the chest are only muscle spasms, but it may be serious if the pain feels:
- Searing and sharp
- Like it's squeezing you inside
The feeling may appear abruptly or in locations such as the arm, neck or jaw. Feeling out of breath or nauseated, especially when combined with the above signs, could spell trouble.
-Blood in the toilet. Symptoms of colon cancer don't usually show up until the growth has developed. That's why colonoscopies should never be missed. See your doctor immediately if you notice blood in stools or if you have risk factors for colon cancer.
-Strange skin markings. Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most frequent cancer of all. It's important to track changes in your moles and take precautions in the sun.
Difficulty urinating. Painful, frequent or difficult urination may indicate an unhealthy prostate. Conditions range from inflammation of the gland to cancer. Prostate cancer is second only to skin cancer as the most common cancer in men. The earlier that prostate cancer is detected, the greater the chance of survival.
-Unexplainable, severe headaches. Migraines, which are no picnic of course, typically start when a person is in their teens. Stroke or tumor are unlikely, but your doctor wants to know about headaches that:
- Typically strike in the morning
- Are accompanied by cold symptoms like coughing or sneezing
- Worsen over time
- Worsen when you work out or exert yourself
Don't take risks with your health. Set up an annual physical, request a physician referral or ask Central Florida Regional Hospital about its Diagnostic Imaging Services by calling its free Consult-A-Nurse® hotline at 1-800-445-3392.