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 Table Rock Golf Course, then knock out your screenings. Event better: Schedule it in advance with a buddy, so you both tick those pesky boxes off your list. Learn what screenings you need when — then click here to find a physician and get your health screenings scheduled.
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.
• Cholesterol screening: All adult men should have a lipid panel done every five years.
• Hypertension screening: Your doc should check your blood pressure every year or two.
In Your 40s and 50s
• 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.
• 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.
• Comprehensive eye exam: Keep a close watch on your eye health with annual eye exams.
In Your 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.