By Krysta Wilkins
Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country to raise awareness about preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among males.
Screenings, events, appearances, and other health education activities are offered nationwide to help men become aware of the necessary steps to leading a healthy, happy life.
In celebration of Men’s Health Month, Sam’s Club is offering free Men’s Health Screenings on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sam’s Club members and non-members will be able to receive a prostate-specific antigen test as well as free screenings for blood pressure and body mass index.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, men are twice as likely to get oral cancer than women. Prevention for oral disease can start in the comfort of your home by following these simple steps:
Eight steps for self-examination for oral cancer
Face – Examine the symmetry of the face in a mirror and check for any irregularities.
Lips – Pull up upper and lower lips to check the texture and color.
Gums – Raise upper and lower lips to check color and conditions of the gums.
Cheeks -Draw back the side of the mouth to check inside the cheeks.
Tongue & floor of mouth – Move the tongue, check as far back as can be seen in the mirror, and feel the area.
Palate – Examine the upper palate as far back as you can see.
Neck – Feel for anything unusual on the sides of the neck.
Trachea – Hold the thyroid cartilage (the Adam’s apple). It should go up and down when you swallow.