Men go to the doctor less than women. Men are more likely to suffer from serious diseases. They smoke more and drink more alcohol. Nevertheless, many men ignore screening.

Men go to the doctor less than women. Men are more likely to suffer from serious diseases. They smoke more and drink more alcohol. Even cancers such as lung, colon and stomach cancer meet more men than women. Dr. Kirsten Reinhard, a doctor at the AOK Federal Association: “Many men ignore checkups Reasons for this are known as fear of the investigation and the outcome or simply lack of time.”

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“An Indian knows no pain” this slogan, some men seem to follow still. But this attitude is quick at the expense of the physical and mental well-being. For example, when dealing with occupational stress. Anyone who takes more time for themselves and back up a gear is in the professional world as soon not be loaded or overwhelmed. Many men cope with such stresses, therefore, prefer high coffee consumption, smoking, lush food or a glass of beer after work. “The consequence of such an unhealthy lifestyle can be for example a higher risk of heart attack,” said medical examiner Dr. Kirsten Reinhard.

Little resonance

In addition, men are precautionary muffle. Compared with women free screening of the statutory health insurance companies come to them with little response. Only about seven to twelve percent of men take advantage of screening programs and the possibilities for early detection of cancer. Here, these preventive measures to help detect diseases early. “Especially with some cancers such as colon cancer, the prognosis is greater, the sooner a doctor finds the disease,” said expert Dr. Kirsten Reinhard AOK. Men should therefore fulfill the following free cancer screening tests:

¤ 45 years from an annual inspection of the external genitalia, prostate, and lymph nodes as well as questions about changes in the skin,

¤ To the early detection of colon cancer 50 to 55 years once a year, targeted advice to, a digital examination of the rectum and a test is the stool occult blood.

¤ From the age of 55 takes place every two years, a consultancy focused on colorectal cancer screening and a test on hidden blood in the stool. Instead of tests, the insured can then also two colonoscopies at intervals of ten years can make.

In addition to cancer screening tests men from the 35th Every two years of age eligible for a health check-up. The focus is on early detection of cardiac, circulatory and kidney diseases and diabetes. The doctor also checks blood and urine tests, and advises the patient in a conversation.