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Men’s Health: Make the Right Call

Men’s Health: Make the Right Call

It’s no secret that men need to pay more attention to their health. A recent survey found that nearly 75% of men watch a football game at least once a week, but only about half could remember their last trip to the doctor.

Because many of the major health risks that men face, like prostate cancer, can be treated and potentially even cured with early diagnosis, it’s critical to have regular check-ups and screenings with a healthcare provider.

Board-certified Urologists Stephen Graham, M.D., and Brad Lake, M.D., with Northshore Urological Associates, specialize in diagnosing and treating urinary tract disorders, including urinary tract infections, overactive bladder, kidney stones and trouble with urination. They also focus on the care of the male reproductive system, including prostate health, infertility and vasectomy. In addition, they diagnose and treat urological cancers, including adrenal, prostate, bladder, ureter, testicle and penile.

Men are affected by the same diseases that can affect women — heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and depression.

“We understand that health issues can sometimes be uncomfortable or even embarrassing to talk about. But maintaining our health and preventing future issues from occurring requires regular check-ups and screening."– Brad Lake, M.D.

Still, they also have unique issues such as prostate cancer, prostate enlargement and erectile dysfunction.

Prostate health is particularly important since prostate cancer is one of the most significant health risks that men face. Prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but it is treatable and potentially curable when caught early.

Prostate cancer is more likely to develop in older men and non-Hispanic Black men. Age-based screenings are an essential part of a man’s overall health. In general, prostate cancer screening is recommended for men beginning at age 45. Screening for younger men and Black men also should be considered based on increased risk factors, including family history.

“Many major health risks men face can be prevented with healthy lifestyle habits like eating right, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising. However, there are some diseases, like cancer, that we cannot prevent. And many risk factors, such as age, race and family history, are completely out of our control. That’s why we strongly encourage regular check-ups and screenings to help spot diseases or other health issues early when they are easier to treat.” – Stephen Graham, M.D.

Advanced technology and imaging, such as MR Fusion, are making it possible to detect prostate cancer earlier in its more treatable stages. When prostate or urological abnormalities are detected, specialists like Drs. Graham and Lake have the expertise to perform minimally invasive procedures using the da Vinci® robotic system, as well as offer non-surgical interventions.

Drs. Graham and Lake are urging men to step off the sidelines and take a winning approach to your health by scheduling an appointment with your primary care provider today.

Pro Tip:

Your primary care provider knows you, your family history, medical history and health goals best. Not only can your primary care provider help you stay healthy and care for you when you’re ill, but they also can refer you to specialists if you need more advanced care. To learn more about providers who practice at North Oaks, visit