Screenings for Mens Health Month

MICHIGAN CITY — June is Mens Health Month and Franciscan Health suggests seven health screenings that men should not miss. Discovering a disease in the earliest stages can make all the difference in treatment men should get regular checkups, including screenings, for the following conditions:

n Prostate Health: One out of seven men receive a prostate cancer diagnosis. Starting at 45, men should talk with their doctors about the risks and benefits of getting screened for prostate cancer. The screening includes a rectal exam and a blood test.

n High Blood Pressure: Also called hypertension, it occurs when the force of blood moving through your veins is greater than optimal. Men of all ages should have blood pressure checked at their annual health exam, or screened for every two years if blood pressure has been in a healthy range.

n Diabetes: A serious condition characterized by elevated blood sugar levels is increasing in the U.S., with nearly 30 million Americans diagnosed and another 86 million on the cusp. Men who are overweight, or have other risk factors, should have their blood sugar tested once every three years.

n High Cholesterol: Most Americans have more cholesterol, a fat-like substance, in their blood than they should. Men of all ages should have their cholesterol levels checked at least every five years through a routine blood test.

n Colon Cancer: Men are at a slightly higher risk of developing colon cancer than women. Most colon cancer begins as polyps, which are tiny, noncancerous pieces of tissue. Polyps don’t produce symptoms, however, screening identifies polyps so they can be removed before they become cancerous. Starting at 50 years old, men should have a colonoscopy to find polyps and screen for colon cancer once every 10 years.

n Hepatitis C: Every man born between 1945 and 1965 should receive a one-time testing for hepatitis C. That’s because baby boomers are more likely to have been exposed to the virus in the decades before it was discovered in 1989.

n Testicular Cancer: Doctors should check a man’s testicles during an annual physical exam. However, it’s recommended that men of all ages perform self-checks by feeling for masses and looking for changes. This is similar to breast self-exams for women.

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Online graduate nursing programs

INDIANAPOLIS — To make it easier for Indiana registered nurses to get Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degrees, the American College of Education is launching an online graduate nursing program in August. The nursing shortage is becoming critical, and by 2020, Indiana is expected to see an almost 18 percent growth in open nursing positions.

“The shortage of nursing professionals, together with the aging population and complex healthcare system, creates a critical need for nurses with advanced degrees,” said Claudia Mitchell, assistant provost of healthcare professions at ACE. “Our new online RN to MSN program is technologically rich, competitively priced and provides registered nurses with an affordable, high quality, and flexible education option to achieve a graduate degree in nursing.”

More than 62,000 nurses will need to have a BS in Nursing or higher to meet the state’s goal of having 80 percent of its nurses achieve this degree. For more information about the new American College of Education graduate nursing degree, call 317-695-6331 or visit

Jobs in the health care profession

MICHIGAN CITY — Franciscan Health is actively seeking applicants for a variety of jobs across its health care system. Housekeeping, Food and Nutrition, Nursing, Information Services, Guest Services and Rehab are some of the departments with current open opportunities. For information on available jobs and the application process, visit

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