Nebraska Office of Men's Health

Dr. Robert Rhodes' 2, 3, 4, 5 Principle for Men

Some Facts:

  • On average, men live 6 years less than women

  • Women live 80 years

  • Men live 74 years

  • Men have higher fatality rates than women for the 10 leading causes of death

  • More than 80 percent of suicide deaths are men

  • Prevention, self-examination and regular check-ups help to prevent diseases that affect men

  • Men visit the doctor 31percent less often than women, and therefore fail to detect many diseases at an early stage

  • Screening can catch many diseases at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be successful

  • 2 Physicals in the decade of the 20’s
  • Testicular and Skin Cancer
  • Screen Family History
  • Discuss Habits and Risky Behaviors
  • Sexual History
  • Accident prevention
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Baseline labs


  • 3 Physicals in the decade of the 30’s
  • Review of the Roaring 20’s
  • Sexual Function or lack of may be more of an issue
  • Discuss sleep habits
  • Exercise
  • Seatbelts and Bike helmets
  • More labs


  • Four Physicals in the decade of the 40’s (every other year!)
  • Family History (parents are aging)
  • Prostate Health
  • Colon Cancer Screening
  • Heart Disease and Diabetes Screening
  • Baseline EKG
  • Even more labs


  • Yearly exams as long as you and your insurance allow!!
  • PSA
  • Colonoscopy
  • Lipo Med Profile
  • Coronary Scans
  • Erectile Dysfunction


  • Smoking Cessation
  • Exercise
  • Weight Loss
  • Dietary Issues
  • Sleep Habits
  • Mental Health

About Dr. Robert Rhodes
Board Certified Family Practice, Southwest Family Health, Lincoln, NE
2000 Nebraska Medical Assn(NMA) Young Physician of the Year
Chairperson, NMA Men’s Health Initiative
Past President, Lancaster County Medical Society
Men’s Health Network Advisory Board, Washington, DC

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