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Understanding your medical benefits can be confusing, but it doesn't have to be as a member of Unique Healthcare. Follow these simple flow charts to understand what steps to take when you are in need of medical attention: 

 

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Men’s Health Month

Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of prevent- able health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

Ask the Expert: Kevin Billups, M.D.

What are the biggest health issues men face?

There is a crisis in America right now in men's health, and it affects every communitiy. That crisis revolves around managing chronic medical diseases like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease and high cholesterol. These common problems are causing men to die prematurely in the prime of their life.

What is low testosterone?

Testosterone is the main male hormone, and is responsible for a number of things, including reproductive development as a male. It's made in the testes, and impacts a number of functions. The most common symptoms of low testosterone are a decreased sex drive, erectile difficulty, tiredness, mood changes and occasional memory problems. If you have low testosterone, you're at increased risk of developing diabetes, hypertension or a number of other chronic conditions.

After age 40, what happens to a man's prostate?
Once we get over the age of 40, our prostates grow -- it's known as "benign prostate enlargement." The common symptoms include slow urinary stream or a sudden urge to go to the bathroom. An enlarged prostate has been linked to a number of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

What You Need to Know

•Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, excluding skin cancer.

•African-American men are at the greatest risk to develop prostate cancer.

•The American Cancer Society recommends men with an average risk of prostate cancer should begin the discussion about screening at age
50, while men with higher risk of prostate cancer should begin earlier.

•Sexual health is a major overall health marker for men -- 1 in 4 men will experience some form of sexual health concern by age 65.

•Erectile dysfunction and lower testosterone are linked to larger health risks, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and
obesity.

Colon Cancer Screening: What You Need to Know

REVIEWED BY: Francis Michael Giardiello, M.D.REVIEWED BY: Francis Michael Giardiello, M.D.

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States today. It’s a serious American health problem, says Johns Hopkins gastroenterologist Francis Giardiello, M.D.Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States today. It’s a serious American health problem, says Johns Hopkins gastroenterologist Francis Giardiello, M.D.


However, there are many ways you can decrease your risk or even prevent colon cancer. The single best thing you can do to prevent colon cancer is to get screened.Giardiello breaks down what you should know about the colon cancer screening options available today.

Q. Why is colon cancer screening important?

A. Colon cancer develops from a small polyp that occurs in the lining of the colon. That small polyp slowly grows larger and larger. Once large enough, that polyp develops cancer and starts to spread.It's important to remember the process of polyp to cancer takes about 10 years to occur. That’s plenty of time to get a screening to catch it and get rid of it — before it turns to cancer.Think of a polyp as a mushroom sitting on a stalk (your intestine’s lining). If a doctor identifies it on a colonoscopy, he or she can easily put a lasso (or a loop) around the stalk and cut off the mushroom. No mushroom means no cancer.


Q. How do you screen for colon cancer? 

A. There’s more than one way to be screened for colon cancer today. These options include:

• Colonoscopy: Before a colonoscopy, you’ll be asked to prep your bowel by drinking a liquid that helps clear out your colon. Then, doctors use a scope that has a camera attached to one end to examine inside your colon for polyps or cancer. Because the scope movement can cause discomfort, you’ll be sedated during the procedure. If a polyp is found, your doctor can remove it at the same time.

• Fecal occult blood test: This test looks for blood in your stool. You place a small bowel movement sample on a provided card and send it to a lab, where it is tested for blood. If blood is detected, your doctor might recommend you get a colonoscopy for further testing.

• Fecal immuno testing: This is similar to fecal occult testing, except you place the bowel movement sample in tubes. Depending on the results, you may require further testing.

• Sigmoidoscopy: A sigmoidoscope is another type of scope that only looks at the bottom third of the colon, where 60 percent of cancers occur.

• Barium enema: During this test, barium liquid is placed in the rectum through an enema, and then an X-ray is taken. The barium highlights any polyps or cancer for the doctor viewing the X-ray.

• Virtual colonoscopy: You undergo a CT scan that takes a detailed picture of the colon.

• Stool gene testing: This is a newer type of stool sample screening. Instead of testing for blood, the lab looks for certain gene changes that can indicate colon cancer.


Q. How do you know which screening is right for you?

A. Many physicians recommend most healthy people get a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50 — that’s when most colon cancers start to develop. A colonoscopy is the most effective way doctors identify colon cancer.Each type of screening has its own pros and cons. Your doctor can provide more information on screening options and recommend which is best for you based on several factors, including your:

• Family history

• Overall health

•Personal preferences

 

HOW CAN I GET THE MAN IN MY LIFE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR?

From the Desk of Dr. Villalobos: 

It’s easy to say that the man in your life should probably be going to the doctor more, but it’s another thing to get him to do it. Here are a few tips for getting even the most stalwart in for a checkup:

Express your concern. This might seem simple, but sometimes just letting a man know you’re con- cerned about his health can give him a reason to go to the doctor. Letting the man in your life know you’re worried about his prostate cancer risk might get him thinking he should be, too.

Give him different reasons. Some- times it can be tough to get some- one to see the light, especially when the person you’re worried about might not think there’s a problem. Don’t be deterred. Try a different tack if others haven’t worked. For example, if doing it “for your health” isn’t enough, try sug- gesting he see someone just to confirm he really does know what’s going on with his body. You could even mention that an annual doc- tor's visit has the bonus of getting a little bit of time away from work.

Tell him to do some research. If a man is adamant there’s nothing wrong, ask him to do some search- ing around on the web first. This is especially useful for mental illness, which can be very isolating. Finding out other people are getting help for going through some- thing similar normalizes seeking medi- cal attention.

An announcement to all Unique Members

Dear Unique/MEC Healthcare Plan Member:

As we embark on a New Year together, we would like to thank you for your continued participation while making you aware of exciting changes for 2017.  Due to the overwhelming success of the Unique MEC Plan, Eastpointe is now ADIUVARE Healthcare.  This change not only allows us to more effectively focus on our overall mission of providing superior medical care, but will also ensure greater patient convenience.

ADIUVARE Healthcare is an ACA (Affordable Care Act) compliant solution for individuals, families, and business owners.  By having developed a partnership with First Health Network, you will continue to have access to affordable, quality healthcare not only locally, but also nationwide.  And while having the peace of mind in knowing that you are fulfilling the legal mandated health care coverage requirements under Obamacare (5000A), as a participant of Unique Healthcare, you will continue to receive the added bonus of unlimited no deductible or copay office visits along with other services, at all Mt. West Family Health Center locations.

Mt. West Family Health Center has led in serving the Greater El Paso Area with quality, affordable healthcare for over 25 years. While remaining in the forefront, we are pleased to announce our newest clinic located in Horizon City, which will open in the fall of 2017. We have also expanded our hours at all locations to serve you nightly until 8:00 p.m. Please call to confirm appointment availability.

As a reminder, urgent after-hour visits are covered at Summit Urgent Care on Zaragoza, and Upper Valley Urgent Care on Redd Road on weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Again, thank you for your continued support as we look to the future together, while continuing to improve the quality of your health.

For more information or questions please call (915) 317-5700 or visit uniquemecplan.com

 

Sincerely,

V.M. Villalobos, M.D.
Medical Director Mt. West Family Health Center

Daniel Steadley
Owner / Administrator ADIUVARE Healthcare

 

 

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