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Men aren’t often proactive in taking care of their health needs and the women in their lives may be the ones who push them to get the medical care they require. But, if you’re a Black man and want to stay healthy, it’s imperative that you take charge of your health and make sure you get a physical annually and these specific screenings as recommended. In doing so, it can make a huge difference in your longevity and good health.

Here are five health tests every Black man needs:

Prostate Cancer Screening

According to the Journal of Urology, African American men have the highest rate of prostate cancer and are less likely to survive this disease compared to other racial/ethnic groups in the U.S. African American men are twice as likely to die versus their white counterparts. But, prostate cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. You can have access to an early diagnosis through PSA screening which can help you lower your risk of prostate cancer and decline your chances of losing your life to this disease. Since the risk is higher for African-American men, prostate cancer screening is something which should be done sooner versus later. According to Dr. Fleming of Virginia Oncology Associates informed providers must know that when working with African American men, age 40 to 45 is appropriate to begin early detection.

Health Tests Every Black Man Needs was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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