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Men's Health Screenings Through the Decades

Learn which screenings you need in every decade of your life

Guys, it’s time to stop ditching the doc. When it comes to men’s health screenings, procrastination can literally be a matter of life and death.

Take a day off work, hit up Top Golf, then knock out your screenings. Even better: Schedule it in advance with a buddy, so you both tick those pesky boxes off your list. Learn what screenings you need when —print off our helpful checklist, then click here to find a physician and get your health screenings scheduled.

Lifelong Exams

  • Hearing and vision exam: Hearing and vision changes with age – see a doctor to check these every year.
  • Dental care: Keep your mouth clean and healthy with a dental checkup every six months.
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) check: Discuss with your physician how often you should be screened for STDs.
  • Hypertension screening: Your doc should check you for high blood pressure every year.
  • Oral health and cancer: You should get a mouth and throat exam every year.
  • Self-Exams – check for abnormalities every month and discuss any findings with your physician:
    • Testicular: check for abnormal lumps
    • Breast: check for abnormal lumps
    • Skin: check for signs of changing moles, freckles, or sunspots


In Your 20s and 30s

  • Health maintenance exam: Establish good health habits by going in for an annual review of overall health status including physical exam, lab test recommendations as indicated, lifestyle habits, review immunization status, depression screening and domestic violence screening. In your 20s and 30s, you should get this exam every three years.
  • Cholesterol screening: All adult men should have a lipid panel done every five years.
  • Blood and urine tests: This test screens for cholesterol, diabetes, kidney and thyroid problems. You should get this test every three years.
  • EKG: An EKG monitors your heart rhythm to check for any problems – it’s recommended you get your first EKG when you turn 30.


In Your 40s

  • Diabetes screening: A fasting glucose test or hemoglobin A1C every three years can determine your diabetes risk, and help you ward it off.
  • Colonoscopy: In your late 40s or early 50s, you’ll need to start having this important colorectal cancer screening exam every 10 years.
  • Comprehensive eye exam: Keep a close watch on your eye health with annual eye exams.
  • Prostate health and cancer: This screening is done through a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA testing) blood test and Digital Rectal Exam (DRE). Start getting this screening between ages 45-49.
  • Screenings to keep up with:
    • Health maintenance exam: Continue your healthy habits by getting this exam every two years.
    • Blood and urine tests: You should get this every two years.
    • EKG: You should get an EKG every four years.


In Your 50s, 60s and 70s

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm: If you’ve ever smoked, your physician may recommend this screening once you hit 65 years old.
  • Osteoporosis screening: Loss of bone density doesn’t only affect women. Schedule a bone density exam when you turn 70.
  • Lung cancer screening: If you’ve smoked a pack a day or more for 30 years, talk to your doctor about a low dose CT lung screening.
  • Screenings to keep up with:
    • Health maintenance exam: You should start getting this screening every year.
    • Blood and urine tests: Check a few boxes off your screening list by getting this test every year.
    • EKG: You should get this every three years.
    • Prostate health and cancer: Your physician will recommend how often you should get this screening based on your past results and risks.
    • Colonoscopy: You should get continue to have a colonoscopy every 10 years.

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