You perform routine maintenance on your car and your house—but what about your health?
With regular medical screenings, you and your doctor can detect diseases before symptoms start. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends the following six screenings for all men. Talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.
Blood Pressure Test
High blood pressure can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney and eye problems, and heart failure. Have your blood pressure checked at least once every two years.
Schedule a lipid panel test—a simple blood test—at least once every five years to ensure your cholesterol levels don’t put you at an increased risk for heart attack or stroke.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
If all colon cancer cases were detected at their earliest stages, five-year overall survival rates would hit 90 percent. Screenings should start at age 50, and may include a variety of tests (such as a colonoscopy) based on your personal health.
Nearly 12 percent of all men have diabetes, which can lead to blindness, amputation, kidney failure and more. Get a glucose tolerance test every three years if you have risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity or family history.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening
An AAA is a bulge in the main artery of the abdomen that can rupture, causing dangerous bleeding and death. If you are 65 or older and have ever been a smoker, an abdominal ultrasound can determine your risk for AAA.
More Screenings to Consider:
• Skin cancer screening every one to five years
• Eye exam and vision screening every one to three years
• Hearing test every three years if you’re 50 or older
• Prostate cancer screening if you’re 50 or older
• Bone density test for osteoperosis if you’re 65 or older
• Depression screening if you’ve felt sad or hopeless and had little interest in doing things for two weeks or longer.
Please note: The guidelines presented here are general and should be discussed with your doctor in consideration with your own health history and risk factors.