Dr. Branko Jaglikovski answers the most common questions for screening tests, PSA and other laboratory tests for monitoring male health

In the month of November dedicated to men’s health, “Movember” – a movement that aims to raise awareness among the male population about their health and prevention of certain diseases, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and ect…

Avicenna Laboratory is an institution that strives to promote health and always supports events of this type. For that purpose, Dr. Branko Jaglikovski, specialist in medical biochemistry from Avicenna Laboratory will answer the most common questions related to the importance and significance of laboratory tests in the interest of male health.

What is screening and why are regular blood tests important?

Screening involves the application of laboratory tests for early detection of diseases, at a time when the symptoms of the disease are not present. The importance of regular blood tests should be taken seriously and placed at the top of the list of priorities. Only in this way, together with the medical examination, a clear picture of health can be obtained. Early detection of potential health problems enables easier, faster and more efficient solution of the problem, and in some cases life-saving.

What mandatory examinations / tests should every man do?

The need for laboratory tests and their dynamics / frequency depends on several factors such as current health status, age, medical history of the patient, etc. Accordingly, the type of analysis that needs to be done also changes.

Routine blood and urine tests are a basic diagnostic tool for a quick and clear picture of current health and are recommended to be done at least twice a year. Pathological deviations of the reference values ​​indicate more frequent controls and impose the need for additional analysis.

Diseases of the cardiovascular system still remain the leading cause of death, both worldwide and in our country. Studies show that men, unlike women, start this type of disease earlier, and when it comes to preventive examinations, the numbers say that women are 33% more likely to see their doctor than men.
All markers are available at Avicena Laboratory for early screening, risk assessment for cardiovascular disease or monitoring of already started therapy. In addition to routine blood lipid status, by checking for “good” and “bad” cholesterol, there are markers that indicate the status of fat that is not dependent on diet and is related to the genetic predisposition of the organism, as well as markers that can predict future development of cardiovascular disease, combined with clinical examination by a physician.

Malignant diseases are the second leading cause of death worldwide, and prostate cancer is one of the most common malignancies in men. Starting today, a discount on PSA analysis is available at Avicenna Lab throughout the month of November.
Recommendations are that every man over the age of 50 should have a screening test and determination of PSA in the blood. This limit is reduced to 45 or 40 years if patients are at high risk, such as having a close family member with the disease.

In Avicena Laboratory are available modern laboratory tests, which, together with the clinical examination, enable early screening of prostate cancer, as well as other tumor markers, which are used by doctors to assess the condition of certain groups of patients.

Sexually transmitted diseases are a large group of diseases that affect both men and women and it is very important that they are recognized and detected in time, so that they do not have more serious consequences for both the reproductive and general health of each individual.

The Avicena Laboratory performs highly sensitive tests for sexually transmitted diseases, from different types of samples, to detect different causes of diseases, in patients with and without symptoms of a disease: chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, syphilis, genital warts, HPV HIV and AIDS

Accurate and accurate laboratory results play a vital role in screening for various diseases, accurate diagnosis, risk assessment, therapy monitoring, prognosis and many other aspects when important medical decisions and solutions are needed.

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