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Man up and schedule a doctor’s visit

Men are encourage to take charge of preventative healthMen often think they are indestructible. They’re far less likely than women to see a doctor, even when experiencing serious symptoms. “Men who were raised to buck up and not cry need to know it’s OK to be vulnerable enough to ask for their own healthcare,” said Ajay Nangia, MD.

Preventive treatment saves lives

“The objective of Men’s Health Week is to promote awareness and preventive treatment that can end up saving lives,” Dr. Nangia said. He helped establish Men’s Health Week in Kansas in 2010 when he was president of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, a branch of the American Urological Association.

A national expert on men’s health, Dr. Nangia is a men’s health specialist in urology at The University of Kansas Hospital. In his practice and on a national level, Dr. Nangia promotes early recognition of men’s health issues, from testicular self-exams to screening for prostate issues.

“Awareness needs to start with young boys learning to protect themselves,” Dr. Nangia explained. “We work with local baseball teams to ensure everyone is wearing a protective cup before the game starts.”

Annual physical is key

The first step toward proactive health for men, Dr. Nangia stressed, is scheduling an annual physical. Prevention is the best medicine, so a yearly visit is the perfect opportunity to discuss any health issues or symptoms. At the same time, your doctor can make recommendations about preventive health maintenance. Early detection is the key to better outcomes.

“I see it in my practice on a daily basis,” Dr. Nangia said. “Early screening and detection means my patients live longer and have a better quality of life.”

As a member of the AUA Men’s Health Initiative, he helped create a men’s health checklist

Gift of good health

Women can advocate for the men they love by “being a man’s best cheerleader and intervening when necessary,” Dr. Nangia said. “The best Father’s Day gift ever would be the gift of good health.” 

To schedule an appointment with a physician, call 913-588-1227.