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Speaking of Men’s Health

November is Men’s Health Month. A new report shows that men live an average of five years less than women. And South Carolina ranks 42nd out of all 50 states for life expectancy. In this WLTX news story, Dr. David Braddy of Lexington Family Practice Gilbert, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talks about some things that keep men from having routine check-ups with their doctor.

According to Dr. Braddy, the top two causes of death for men and women are the same: heart disease and cancer.

But that’s where the similarities end. He says men are much less likely than women to see a doctor regularly.

Dr. David Braddy

“In general, we just don’t see a lot of men for wellness visits unless there’s a woman behind them pushing them toward that,” Dr. Braddy said.

In addition, he says that men are more likely to engage in reckless behavior such as drinking and driving. And, they’re less likely to seek treatment for depression.

“A lot of times men carry it with them talking about it,” he said. “Or they feel weak and as if they’re not taking care of the family if they’re seeking help for depression.”

Dr. Braddy says loved ones can help by encouraging the men in their lives to schedule doctor appointments, be supportive and look for signs of depression.

And he reminds male patients of a critical message.

“We’re here to help you live healthier.”

Lexington Medical Center Statement on Tuberculosis Testing

Out of an abundance of caution, Lexington Medical Center took steps to contact a group of Lexington Oncology Infusion Center patients, staff and visitors who may have been in the same general area as someone who was recently diagnosed with active tuberculosis.

The people Lexington Medical Center notified were at the Lexington Oncology Infusion Center on specific days between August 19, 2019 and September 30, 2019.

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Lexington Medical Center worked with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to test all patients, staff and visitors who might have come into contact with the individual. This proactive measure was meant to protect their health and the health of others.

Lexington Medical Center worked together with DHEC to compile a thorough list of everyone who may have been in close proximity to the patient. As a result, 308 people were contacted for testing, which included patients, family members and employees.

Each person received a phone call from Lexington Medical Center as well as a letter in the mail to explain the situation and set up an appointment for free testing. It was important to the hospital to be proactive, have personal contact with everyone who may have been affected, and evaluate them promptly.

Screening for TB exposure involved a simple blood test. In addition, a chest X-ray may have been needed. There was no charge for this testing.

Initial testing is complete. To date, there have been no positive tests for active TB.

Lexington Medical Center will continue to work with DHEC to ensure health and safety for our community. Further questions about TB should be directed to DHEC at www.schdec.gov.

Our Gameocks Photo Mosaic

Thank you to everyone who stopped to take a picture for our Gamecocks photo mosaic during the UofSC Homecoming Tailgate on November 2 inside Lexington Medical Center Fair Park. To download a copy of the finished mosaic, click here.