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Preventive health checklist for men

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Regular checkups can be potential lifesavers, especially when they catch potentially life-threatening conditions early. This Father’s Day, show your dad – or any other important man in your life – some love by making sure he knows when and what preventative screenings he should be having.

Simply print out the following list of screenings and tests recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ascension’s Via Christi for men and slip it in his Father’s Day card or tape it to the bathroom mirror. It could be a life-saver!

Men ages 18 to 39

  • Physical exam – Every few years. Talk to your provider about preventive screenings and vaccinations, lifestyle habits and potential risk for future problems.
  • Blood pressure screening – Have your blood pressure checked at least every two years.
  • Diabetes screening (Blood glucose test) – Get screened for diabetes if you have high blood pressure.
  • Skin cancer screening –Talk to your doctor to see if he or she would recommend routine screenings and periodic total-body examinations.
  • Cholesterol screening –Treating cholesterol abnormalities can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Begin screening as early as age 20 if you smoke, are obese or have diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease.

Men in their 40s and 50s

  • Prostate cancer – Talk to your doctor about whether you need a digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen test.
  • Colorectal screening – Get tested. You may need to be screened earlier if you have a family history of colorectal cancer. The recommended screening schedules and benefits usually depend on the type of test used: colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or fecal occult blood testing.
  • Hepatitis C – Get screened, especially if born between 1945 and 1965.
  • Lung cancer – If you are 55 to 80 years old and are a heavy smoker or a past smoker who quit within the past 15 years, get a low-dose CT scan every year.

Men ages 60 and up

  • Annual Wellness Visit – If eligible through Medicare, individuals ages 65 and older can tap into this free benefit which can then open the door to other preventive services.
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening – This is a recommended, one-time screening by ultrasound for men ages 65 to 75 years old who have ever smoked.

One of the best forms of prevention is to maintain regular visits with your doctor to discuss your health status, family health history, and recommended frequency of services. To find a doctor:


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