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Listen up guys, this blog is for you. Its #Movember. You know, that month where all the bros don’t shave. Well it’s kind of more than just that. Movember is all about bringing awareness to men’s health issues, and getting men to take control of their health. The Surgery Group of Los Angeles wants to spend some time discussing the men’s health issues we work to combat everyday. 

Men can often neglect their health, failing to complete annual physicals, and routine blood tests. Some guys get away with it, but as we age we become more susceptible to different illnesses. Age combined with genetics can also make some men more at risk for developing serious illnesses. 

Our practice focuses on a number of health issues men face. The following are just a few of them:

Inguinal Hernias

Though not life threatening, inguinal hernia do not get better with time and require surgery to fix the underlying cause.

Hemorrhoids

Some men may even experience hemorrhoids if they lift heavy weights at the gym.  Your chances of getting hemorrhoids increase as you get older, too.

Colorectal Cancer

Men have a 1/22 chance of developing the disease while a woman has a 1/24 chance of developing the disease.

Breast Cancer

Yes men develop breast cancer too, albeit rarely, yet and are more likely to die from the disease because the diagnosis is usually made when the cancer has already progressed.

These conditions range from mild to serious. Some are extremely uncomfortable and painful while some can be life threatening. Too many men have been conditioned to ignore pain. Complaining about an ailment or discomfort can be seen as un-masculine. This unfortunate reality causes many men to ignore the warning signs, which in turn, delays treatment. 

So how do we combat this? The Surgery Group of Los Angeles recommends that men go to the doctor. Your doctor is not someone you see only when things are really bad. You need to attend routine screening exams and physicals. Furthermore, when your doctor recommends that you get a colonoscopy DO IT! 

The easiest way to treat any sort of illness is when it is detected early. Early detection saves lives! When you take control of your healthcare and become an active participant in your wellbeing it is more likely that disease will be detected early. 

This #Movember we ask that all men take a minute to think about their health. Schedule a visit with your doctor and take control of your health!

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