September is prostate cancer awareness month
Schedule your FREE screening today at The Summit
Healthy Living's yearly prostate screening is September 12 & 13 starting at 4:30 p.m. at The Summit Medical Fitness Center. This is a FREE screening for males 50-70 years old. A screening will include a prostate specific antigen blood test and a digital rectal exam. Registration begins September 4, 2018. Call (406) 751-4500 for more information and to register.
Dudes and Doctors
Did you know that men are half as likely as women to see a doctor in a two-year period? Well, sweeping generalizations are just that – too broad and too general. However, in this case, they are actually well-researched. According to 2014 survey data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men truly are 50 percent less likely to seek medical care than their female counterparts. And – get this! - men were two times more likely to say they’ve never had contact with a doctor or health professional as an adult. Ever.
What’s the Deal, Guys?
The “why” related to this question is likely deep-rooted in old-school habits and culture, promoting the stoic, strong man with no emotion that does not require help of any kind. We ask you to challenge that thinking. Kids, wives, friends and co-workers depend on the men in our lives to stick around and stay healthy in mind and body.
Many studies have concluded that men of all ages are less likely than women to seek help for problems. For any problems, really. This can include physical and emotional health issues. Some experts suggest that this is a learned behavior. Many men are raised to act tough and independent, so they stay in control and hide their vulnerability. Therefore, they may come to think they are also protected from disease. Men also may fear that others will interpret their nonemergency health care provider’s visits as unmanly or weak. This is especially true if the men around them also avoid preventive medical care.
Whatever the reason for avoiding a visit to your medical provider, we hope you realize that knowledge is power. Power to make decisions. Power to provide for your family. Power to keep playing and adventuring. Power to control your life, and not be controlled by an illness.
Whether you are an avid athlete, a learned professor, a stay-at-home dad, or a proud grandpa; your impact and future plans only matter if you get to stay in the game and play. If you’re sick, injured or facing a chronic ailment due to lack of medical attention, you can’t deliver peak performances. Your family and friends rely on you; if you don’t take care of yourself, how can you help take care of others? Even when you feel healthy, it’s a great idea to book an annual check-up to confirm this feeling. Be courageous - talk to your primary care provider regularly and consider regular screenings as you gain more birthdays for cholosterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer.
Experience the Summit difference.
The Summit Medical Fitness Center is more than just a health club. We are a family-friendly fitness and wellness facility for members of all ages and abilities. Our 114,000 square foot facility in Kalispell, Montana offers high-qualtiy programs, equipment and staff to help you realize your fitness and wellness goals.
We offer a wide range of specialty programs from kids to seniors including adult fitness programs, performance programs for athletes, senior programs, weight management and special populations programs.