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If not for yourself, do it for your family and loved ones.

​​My wife has been after me about getting a medical checkup. I feel fine. What’s the big deal?

“You’re not alone. Many men avoid going to the doctor. Maybe you’re not comfortable talking about your health concerns, or maybe since you feel okay you simply don’t see any reason to see your doctor. But consider this: When you get a preventive medical checkup, you’re not just doing it for yourself.  You’re doing it for your family and loved ones,” says Victor Simms, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., chief of Internal Medicine at Kelsey- Seybold Clinic.

In our fast-paced society with work pressures and time constraints, men often forego medical care. But it’s important to make preventive visits to your doctor. You need to get the appropriate screenings done. It’s also important to establish a working relationship with a doctor in the event something is found.

Potential recommendations for health screenings for men are listed as follows. However, your doctor may recommend different screenings based on your health history, age and family medical history and other factors.

These include:​​
  • Blood pressure.
  • Cholesterol test.
  • Colorectal cancer screening.
  • Prostate cancer screening.
  • Testicular examination.
  • Hearing test.
  • Other screening tests such as electrocardiogram (ECG), chest X-ray, blood chemistry test, fasting blood sugar test, urinalysis and skin examination.

“Screening tests can help find diseases early,” says Dr. Simms. “Talk to your doctor about which preventive medical checks and tests you need to help you stay healthy.”
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Victor Simms, MD, MPH, FACP


My philosophy of patient care is a combination of compassionate care for patients and the science of medicine. Part of what we do is not just to tell people the nuts and bolts of the science of what’s going on but also to walk with them through the process. I think most fear comes from not knowing. So the first thing we do is educate the patient about the disease and then I tell them how that’s going to affect their life and the things that we need to do to better them. In addition, I tell them I’m going to be going through the process with them. Whether that means they need to call me to ask questions, schedule extra visits to educate them or find other avenues of support for them. I think when people feel supported they know what they’re dealing with and the worry and feel about their illness dissipates.