Checkups every guy should get

Let’s face it—you’d rather be doing many things other than going to the doctor for a checkup. But taking time to assess your overall health with a doctor each year is important. It could even save your life so you can keep doing all the activities you enjoy. Men, be aware of these recommended checkups, screenings and immunizations, and check with your doctor for a schedule that's right for you.
 
  • Physical exam. A once-a-year exam by a primary care doctor may include an assessment of height, weight, blood pressure, skin cancer risk, eating and exercise habits, and emotional wellbeing. The doctor will ask about your family health history and answer any questions you have about sleep/snoring, sexual health or other health concerns.
  • Immunizations. Men should get a flu shot every year and a tetanus-diptheria and pertussis (Tdap) or tetanus-diptheria (Td) booster every 10 years. Your doctor may recommend other vaccines depending on your age and health history.
  • Eye exam. If you have problems with vision, schedule an eye exam every two years.
  • Dental exam. Don't forget to visit the dentist every year for an exam and cleaning.
  • Cholesterol screening. Most men should be checked every five years. You may need to be monitored more closely if you have high cholesterol or risk factors for heart disease or diabetes.
  • Diabetes screening. If you are age 45 or older and overweight, or if you have other risk factors, your doctor may recommend that you be tested for diabetes. 
  • Colon cancer screening. Starting at age 50, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy or other screening test for colon cancer.
  • Prostate cancer screening. Men age 50 and older may benefit from prostate cancer screening. African-American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer may begin screening earlier, at age 45.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening. If you are age 65 to 75, an ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm could save your life. This test is especially important for men who have ever smoked cigarettes. 
  • Hearing test. Your doctor may screen for hearing loss and suggest ways to protect the hearing you have, as well as recommend hearing-aid devices if needed.
 

Time to man up for screening tests?

Talk to your doctor about screening tests that may be right for you, and if it’s time for you to have one of the following:
  Age
  20s 30s 40s 50s 60+
Blood pressure screening X X X X X
Cholesterol test X X X X X
Diabetes screening (if overweight)     X X X
Colon cancer screening       X X
Prostate cancer screening       X X
Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening         X

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