Men’s Health: Suggested Checkups and Tests for Men

In general, the tests and screenings men needs depend on one’s individual risks, medical histories, and age.  It’s always recommended to have regular doctor visits in order to know what you need to keep up with your health.  The following serves as a general guideline to know what you need to do to stay healthy.

  1. Regular checkups.

For men, there is no general rule as to how often a man needs a physical.  As a rule of thumb, regular doctor visits is a key to prevent diseases and stay healthy.  High blood pressure are often found out at a routine checkup, and asking questions about your diet and physical activity is always good.

2.  Testicular exams.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) advise men who have cancer risk factors to consider a monthly testicular self-exam.  In addition, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) does not recommend screening teens or adult men for testicular cancer if there’s no symptoms.  Talk with your doctor about what is right for you.

3.  Cholesterol testing.

The general concensus according to health professionals for tests concerning total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides is for adults age 20 and older every five years.  More tests are needed for those with higher risk factors for heart disease.

4.  Colon cancer exams.

The USPSTF currently recommends that everyone be screened for colon cancer starting at age 50 and continuing until age 75 with one of the following screening tests:

  • Home fecal occult blood testing
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy
  • Colonoscopy

5.  Blood pressure.

It’s recommended to have your blood pressure checked at least once every two years.  Obviously, men with high blood pressure should visit their doctors periodically.

In conclusion, do not hesitate to ask any questions with your doctor regarding your health.  They are there for your health and well-being.

Credit source: Nancy Reid, myOptumHealth.

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