Top 7 Health Screenings for Men
We all need to have regular health screenings to make sure we are healthy and everything is on track. Having regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start, and they can help find potentially serious issues early, when your chances for treatment and a cure are better. By getting the right health screenings and treatments, you are increasing your chances for living a longer, healthier life.
What Are the Top Health Screenings for Men?
Your doctor may recommend various types of screenings depending on your age, health, family medical history and lifestyle choices. However, as a general guideline, these are some of the most important exams men should be getting.
High cholesterol may increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. It has no signs or symptoms, so it’s important to get checked to know for sure.
2. High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because it usually has no warning signs. Be sure to get your blood pressure checked regularly.
Getting checked for diabetes can help prevent heart disease and stroke. Monitoring your blood glucose may also prevent damage in your eyes, kidneys and nerves.
4. Colorectal Cancer
If you’re 45 or older, your doctor may recommend a colonoscopy. For a less-invasive alternative, you may opt for a stool-based screening every year. Ask your doctor what he or she recommends.
5. Prostate Cancer
At age 50+, men with average risk should talk to their doctor about whether to get screened for prostate cancer. If you have a higher risk, such as a relative that had prostate cancer, talk with your doctor beginning at age 40.
6. Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Be sure to report any unusual moles or changes in your skin to your doctor.
7. Lung Cancer
More than 80% of people who have lung cancer get it from smoking. If you smoke, the best way to lower your risk is to quit and ask your doctor if you need a screening.
These are just some of the most common health screenings that men should consider in order to keep their health on track. Your doctor may still recommend other screenings, tests or exams depending on your health risks, lifestyle and other relevant aspects of your overall health.
At the end of the day, the best way to know which type of health screening would be most beneficial for you is to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Together, let’s take control of your health journey.
Centers for Disease Control
American Cancer Society