Genetic Health

We must stay on top of our health and take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and ensure a healthy future. Statistics show that at least a third of all men will develop cancer during their lifetime and that about 10% of cancer is related to genetic causes. One of the first steps to preventing cancer is knowing your hereditary risk.

Made popular by annual events like Movember and No-Shave November, November Men’s Health Awareness Month is meant to shine a light on men’s health and specifically, the importance of early detection and screening for a wide range of men’s health issues like colon, prostate, and testicular cancer; mental health; and more. Men’s Health Awareness Month is a great time to take stock of your health, learn more about men’s health issues, and get screened if needed.

The state of men’s health in the United States isn’t great, to say the least: 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Moreover, men die an average of 5 years earlier than women… and for largely preventable reasons. The good news, then, is that men’s health can get better… just so long as men and boys make an active effort to make health your top priority.

There’s a common misconception that you’ll know if you have a health problem. Unfortunately, this isn’t true; many people don’t realize there’s something wrong with them until it’s too late.

Routine genetic screening tests help detect diseases early ­– when they’re much easier to treat. Screening can also identify issues when you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, so your provider can be proactive about preventive treatment.

Today, we’re lucky to have some great accessible genetic screening options, like JScreen. By providing convenient, at-home access to cutting-edge genetic testing technology, patient education, and genetic counseling services, JScreen strives to minimize the incidence of preventable genetic diseases and ensure a bright and healthy future.

According to Scott Meyer,

“I did JScreen’s CancerGEN test because of my family history of cancer, and honestly because my wife urged me to do it. It turned out I was positive for a gene related to colon cancer. I scheduled an appointment with a GI doctor and got my first colonoscopy. They removed several polyps and I’ll now start going every few years to keep an eye on things. At 42, I would have waited a few more years for my first colonoscopy.”

Many health conditions are preventable, but it takes dedication. Taking charge of your healthcare, living a healthy lifestyle, and joining together with other men to prioritize health are all effective ways to live a long, healthy, and happy life.