Health screenings for men age 65 and older

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 levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. A simple blood test can check for these conditions.

There are specific times when you should see your provider. Below are screening guidelines for men age 65 and older.

ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM SCREENING

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

CHOLESTEROL SCREENING AND HEART DISEASE PREVENTION

COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING

Until age 75, you should have screening for colorectal cancer on a regular basis. If you are age 76 or older, you should ask your provider if you need to be screened. Several tests are available for colorectal cancer screening: 

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

DENTAL EXAM

DIABETES SCREENING

EYE EXAM

HEARING TEST

IMMUNIZATIONS

LUNG CANCER SCREENING

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

INFECTIOUS DISEASE SCREENING

OSTEOPOROSIS SCREENING

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:

For men older than age 70, most recommendations are against screening.

If you choose to be tested, the PSA blood test is repeated over time (yearly or less often), though the best frequency is not known.

PHYSICAL EXAMS

During the exam, your provider will ask you about:

SKIN 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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