Men's Health

Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists

Located in Bellingham, WA - Serving the Pacific Northwest

Only about 40% of men go to the doctor when they think they have a serious medical condition. The team at Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists in Bellingham, Washington, encourages you to have routine physicals and preventive health screenings like prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests to protect and improve your overall health and wellness. If you’re looking for a men’s health expert, call Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.

Men's Health

What are common men’s health issues?

A variety of factors contribute to your health risk, including your family medical history, weight, diet, exercise habits, and tobacco use. Depending on your specific history and lifestyle, you may have a chance of developing at least one of the following common men’s health conditions:

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) — an enlarged prostate
  • Prostate cancer
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Bladder cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Colon cancer
  • Mental health conditions

The team of expert physicians at Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists offers comprehensive men’s health services including physical exams, screening tests, and other diagnostics to monitor and improve your health.

What health screenings should I have?

Your doctor gives you customized guidance on the necessary health tests. However, in general, before the age of 50, you should have an annual physical exam to check in on your overall health. Your physician checks your blood pressure and can order blood and urine tests to check for signs of diabetes and high cholesterol.

Once you turn 50, you should start to have PSA screenings annually. If you have a personal or family history of prostate cancer or if you’re African-American, you should begin to have these screenings at 45 or earlier. You should also have colorectal cancer screenings every five years from the age of 50.

Why do I need an annual exam?

While the team at Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists understands that you’re busy and that taking time out of your day for a checkup may not feel like a priority, an annual exam is an essential part of preventive health care.

Many of the health conditions that can put your well-being at risk don’t show any symptoms in their early stages. The tests, which include blood work and urinalysis, can show your doctor if there have been any changes in your health before you start to experience symptoms.

What symptoms should I look out for?

If you notice any changes in your urinary habits, it could be a sign of a prostate problem. BPH and prostate cancer can both cause:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Weak urine stream
  • Frequent urination
  • Trouble emptying your bladder
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Erectile dysfunction

Also, if you’ve gained or lost weight without trying or have no energy or sex drive, you may have a health issue and should make an appointment with your physician.

Call Pacific Northwest Urology Specialists or make an appointment online today.