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Give Dad The Gift Of Good Health This Year

Posted June 15, 2001 3:26 a.m. EDT

— If you are searching for a perfect Father's Day gift, why not drive home the importance of mens health this year.

"After age 40, I think it's a good idea to get a yearly checkup with your physician," says Dr. Scott Rabon, a family physician.

A checkup involves blood work, blood pressure check, checking eyes, listening to the heart and breathing. All these things tell your doctor a lot about your health.

Regular checkups are also a weapon in preventing some cancers.

  • Skin checks help detect any early signs of skin cancer.
  • From age 40 on, doctors recommend annual prostate cancer screenings.
  • After age 50, the American Cancer Society recommends annual fecal occult blood tests for colon cancer and a flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years.
  • Rabon says some medical professionals also advocate a colonoscopy, a complete colon exam, every 10 years.
  • Physicians say one of most important elements of a physical is listening to what the patient has to say. That is your cue to fill your doctor in on anything that is bothering you.

    "I'd say two-thirds of medicine is in the history. So what the patient is telling you is really the most important thing," says Rabon.

    If you have a few things you want to talk to your doctor about write them down and take the list to the checkup.