Check Your Health

Male Screenings

Top health experts from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force suggest that when you go for your next checkup, talk to your doctor or nurse about how you can stay healthy no matter what your age.
Screening tests, such as colorectal cancer tests, can find diseases early when they are easier to treat. Some men need certain screening tests earlier, or more often, than others. Talk to your doctor about which of the tests listed below are right for you, when you should have them, and how often. The Task Force has made the following recommendations, based on scientific evidence, about which screening tests you should have.

Do you take better care of your car than you do your body? Come on, be honest! Research shows that men generally do not see a doctor for a physical exam nearly as often as women. Check our checklist to find out what you should look for.

Regular checkups and age-appropriate health screenings can help you improve your health. Below, is the proposed schedule for checkups and health screenings, by age, as recommended by experts.

All Ages

Don’t forget to check yourself for the right amount of physical activity each week (150 minutes), getting adequate sleep each day (7-9 hours), eating a healthy diet and not using tobacco.

Blood Pressure
It is recommended that your blood pressure be checked every 3-5 years.

It is important your doctor checks cholesterol levels at least once every 5 years. If you have diabetes, get your cholesterol checked every year. If results show your cholesterol is high, ask your doctor for ways you can get it under control

Dental Checkup
It is important to have an oral examination every six months so that your dentist can check for tooth decay and gum disease as well as make appropriate recommendations to help assure good oral health.

Skin Cancer
The American Cancer Society recommends a skin cancer examination every year. It’s also important for you to be aware of changes in your skin, paying attention to moles, blemishes, freckles, and other marks.

If you've felt "down," sad, or hopeless, and have felt little interest or pleasure in doing things for 2 weeks straight, talk to your doctor about whether he or she can screen you for depression.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Talk to your doctor to see whether you should be screened for sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV.

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If you are between the ages of 40-49:

Eye Exam
After age 40, men should have regular eye exam, especially if you are at risk for glaucoma, have high blood pressure, diabetes, or retinal disorders.

Blood Pressure
Blood pressure should be screened yearly for those who have blood pressure greater than 13/80, are overweight (BMI = 25.0 or greater), or are African American. High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

A check for diabetes is recommended every 3 years beginning at 45 years of age for individuals at higher risk for diabetes.  Risk factors include a close family member with diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal lipid test, being overweight, or if you are Native American, Hispanic, African American, Asian American or Pacific Islander.

Hepatitis C
Adults born during the years 1945 through 1965 should have a blood test once for Hepatitis C Virus.

If you are 50 years or older:

Blood Pressure
Make sure that your doctor takes your blood pressure every 2 years. If your blood pressure is high, ask your doctor for ways to reduce it. High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Colorectal Cancer
The following three tests are recommended:
1. FOBT (fecal occult blood test) every year.
2. Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years.
3. Total colon examination by colonoscopy every 10 years.
Persons at higher risk should begin screening at a younger age and may need to be tested more often.

Prostate Cancer
Talk to your doctor about the possible benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening if you are considering having a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test or digital rectal examination (DRE).

Hepatitis C
Adults born during the years 1945 through 1965 should have a blood test once for Hepatitis C Virus.

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