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Men’s Guide to Health Screenings

 

One way to catch a problem before it becomes a major illness is to get regular check ups. The following is a recommended schedule of health screenings that can help you maintain good health.

 

Blood Pressure

  • Detecting and preventing hypertension is a crucial factor in preventing heart disease, stroke, and other medical problems.

  • Age Screening Should Start: 21 and over

  • How Often To Be Tested: Annually. More frequently if current BP is over 140/90.

Colorectal Exams

  • Colorectal cancer is highly treatable if detected early

  • Age Screening Should Start:50 years and older.

  • How Often To Be Tested:
    Fecal Occult Blood Test – Annually
    Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) - Every 5 years
    Colonoscopy and DRE – Every 10 years
    Double-Contrast Barium Enema and DRE every 5-10 years

Cholesterol Test

  • High cholesterol is a major contributor to heart disease

  • Age Screening Should Start: 35 and older

  • How Often To Be Tested: Every 5 years or as directed by a physician.

Dental Exam

  • Regular dental check-ups can prevent and detect gum disease and other dental problems

  • Age Screening Should Start: As early as possible.

  • How Often To Be Tested: Every 6 months

Electrocardiogram

  • The electrocardiogram can detect abnormal heart rhythms that are a sign of heart problems, thereby preventing heart attack.

  • Age Screening Should Start: 18 and over.

  • How Often To Be Tested: As directed by physician.

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

  • PSA blood test is used to detect prostate cancer which can be effectively treated with early detection.

  • Age Screening Should Start: 50 and older

  • How Often To Be Tested: Annually

Routine Physical Exam

  • This is a very effective method of preventing health issues

  • Age Screening Should Start:18 and over

  • How Often To Be Tested: Annually or as directed by doctor