Why preventive care is key for men’s health


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June is National Men’s Health Month. Men’s Health Month focuses on why it is important for men to take care of their health. Only half of adult men have seen a doctor for preventive care in the past year. To make things worse, men are likely to delay or avoid getting medical help until a health problem becomes serious. Now is a great time for men to schedule a preventive care exam with their doctor.

What is preventive care? Why is it important?

Preventive care is routine health care. This includes checkups and screenings. These services can help prevent illnesses, find health problems early and promote overall health.

Preventive care visits are a chance for you to get answers to your health questions. Even if you’re feeling healthy, regular checkups are a good way to confirm your health or find a problem early.

What are some preventive care services for men?

Common preventive care services for men are:

  • Physical exam. A yearly exam can help detect any health problems, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.
  • Screenings. Screenings can help find health conditions early, when they are more treatable. Common serious health conditions in men include prostate cancer, colon cancer and heart disease.
  • Vaccinations. Vaccines protect against illnesses, such as the flu and pneumonia.
  • Sexual health. Discuss any sexual health concerns with your doctor. Get tested for sexually transmitted infections as needed.

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Does the Alliance cover preventive care?

Yes. You can get preventive care services at no cost to you.

How do I set up a preventive care visit?

Call your doctor to schedule an appointment. Your doctor’s number is listed on your Alliance member ID card.

Alliance member benefit! The Healthier Living Program helps you manage chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or high blood pressure. This is offered at no cost to members.

When you attend a 6-week workshop, you can get a Target gift card for up to $50.

For more information about rewards, visit our Health Rewards Program page. Or, call the Health Education Line at 800-700-3874, ext. 5580.


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About the contributor:

Kristin Rath

Kristin Rath is a Communications Content Specialist at Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance). She works with the health plan’s experts to write on a wide range of health care and wellness topics, including checkups, vaccines, behavioral health and food security. Kristin has been with the Alliance since 2019. She holds Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in communications.

Written in collaboration with subject matter expert: Dale Bishop MD, Chief Medical Officer