Health screenings for men ages 40 to 64

Definition

You should visit your health care provider regularly, even if you feel healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:

Information

Even if you feel fine, you should still see your provider for regular checkups. These visits can help you avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol level also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. Simple blood tests can check for these conditions.

There are specific times when you should see your provider. Below are screening guidelines for men ages 40 to 64.

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING AND HEART DISEASE PREVENTION

COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING

If you are under age 50, talk to your provider about getting screened. You should be screened if you have a strong family history of colon cancer or polyps. Screening may also be considered if you have risk factors such as a history of inflammatory bowel disease or polyps.

If you are age 50 to 75, you should be screened for colorectal cancer. There are several screening tests available:

You may need a colonoscopy more often if you have risk factors for colorectal cancer, such as:

DENTAL EXAM

DIABETES SCREENING

EYE EXAM

IMMUNIZATIONS

INFECTIOUS DISEASE SCREENING

LUNG CANCER SCREENING

You should have an annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if:

OSTEOPOROSIS SCREENING

PHYSICAL EXAM

During your exam, your provider may ask you about:

PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING

If you're 55 through 69 years old, before having the test, talk to your provider about the pros and cons of having a PSA test. Ask about:

If you are age 55 or younger, screening is not generally recommended. You should talk with your provider about if you have a higher risk for prostate cancer. Risk factors include:

SKIN EXAM

TESTICULAR EXAM


Review Date: 4/19/2020
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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