Routine check ups on the rise for Bendigo men

BENDIGO general practitioner Gavin Salvador says Men's Health Week and other community awareness campaigns are positive steps for promoting the message of getting more check ups. 

Dr Salvador said follow-up checks with doctors was the key to maintaining health. 

"I think men should get regular check ups even when they're healthy to remain healthy," he said. 

"It has been an issue over the years but I've seen a marked improvement over the last five years to get a check up when they are well. It's partly to do with men's health week and workplace check ups." 

Dr Salvador works at the Bendigo Clinic and said he had seen an increase in the amount of people getting their routine check and warned that continuing to get check ups and looking at lifestyle habits was another important step. 

"Developing good and regular habits in regards to your own health is important. You've got to develop a strategy, how do you instigate that and modify your behaviour. Each person may need their own idyosyncratic approach," he said. 

Dr Salvador said the increasing prominence of Men's Health Week had resulted in more people wanting to get their prostates checked. He said men in Bendigo had access to good men's health facilities and should utilise them. 

"Men should be reassured access is readily available, they should feel welcome to come in and have their checks," he said. 

"With Bendigo ageing population the stats are out there that we're all meant to be living longer, and preferably we'll all be healthier." 

A Men's Health Evening at the Capital Theatre is on tonight with an opportunity for men to talk about health and share in a healthy dinner with other men from across the region. Entertainment for the evening starts at 7pm, featuring acts including Anh Do, The Hamoniacs and Rod Quantock as MC.

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