Clinica Tu Salud
Jaxel Lopez, MD
Board Certified Family Medicine located in Irving, TX
Specialized care is often necessary for health complications that are specific to men. Dr. Jaxel Lopez-Sepulveda provides proactive and reactive healthcare for men at Clinica tu Salud in Irving, Texas. From preventive screenings and testing to an annual men’s health exam, Dr. Lopez-Sepulveda can help you enhance your overall wellness and prioritize your individual needs. To learn more about men’s health, schedule an appointment online or call the office today.
Men’s Health Q & A
What is an annual men’s health exam?
An annual men’s health exam is centered around health complications that specifically or more commonly impact men. An annual exam typically includes preventive testing and screenings, such as cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a prostate exam.
Dr. Lopez-Sepulveda might recommend different tests depending on your age, your health, and your medical and family history. He also addresses any concerns you might have and conducts a physical exam to check your overall health.
What are some of the health complications that affect men?
There are many critical health concerns men should consider, even in young adulthood, such as:
- Colon cancer
- Prostate cancer
- High cholesterol
- Sexually transmitted diseases
What is a prostate exam?
A prostate exam is a preventive care method to protect against prostate cancer – one of the most common types of cancer in men. There are two ways to screen for prostate cancer: a physical exam and a blood test.
Dr. Lopez-Sepulveda typically conducts a rectal exam or a digital rectal exam where he places his gloved finger into your rectum to feel your prostate gland and examine its consistency, size, and shape.
Your prostate is a small gland near your bladder that assists in the production of seminal fluid. The prostate exam helps Dr. Lopez-Sepulveda to diagnose an inflamed or enlarged prostate.
Dr. Lopez-Sepulveda might also recommend a blood test for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, which can indicate the presence of prostate cancer. If your PSA levels are high, you might be sent for a transrectal ultrasound or a biopsy to determine the cause, be it prostate cancer or another issue.
What are the benefits of an annual men’s health exam?
Many men who believe they’re healthy miss their annual exam or put it off. Unfortunately, this also means that many men are missing out on important preventive care screenings. Some health complications like high cholesterol and certain sexually transmitted diseases might not present symptoms and otherwise go unnoticed if they aren’t detected in a medical test.
Being proactive with your healthcare and staying up to date with your annual physical exams can help you to establish a relationship with a family physician you can trust and who is familiar not only with men’s health concerns, but also with your individual health.
Dr. Lopez-Sepulveda offers the highest caliber of men’s healthcare. Book your annual exam online or call the office today.