Men's Health Screenings and Checkups

As a general rule, men are more reluctant than women to visit the doctor. Use this information to help you get to your physician for annual exams and preventive services such as screenings. Diagnosing preventable conditions, or catching them sooner, can lead to a more positive outcome. Get more information about men's health.

Checkups & Screenings Frequency 20-39 40-49 50+
Physical Exams - review overall health status, perform a thorough physical exam and discuss health related topics. Every 3 years x
Every 2 years x
Every year x
Blood Pressure - high blood pressure (hypertension) has no symptoms, but can cause permanent damage to body organs. Every year x x x
TB Skin Test - Should be done on occasion of exposure or suggestive symptoms at the direction of a physician. Some occupations may require more frequent testing for public health indicators. Every 5 years x x x
Blood Tests & Urinalysis - Screens for various illnesses and disease (such as cholesterol, diabetes, kidney or thyroid dysfunction) before symptoms occur. Every 3 years x
Every 2 years x
Every year x
EKG - Electrocardiogram screens for heart abnormalities. Baseline At 30
Every 2 years x
Every year x
Tetanus Booster - Prevents lockjaw. Every 10 years x x x
Rectal Exam - Screens for hemorrhoids, lower rectal problems, colon and prostate cancer (see Blood Test, below). Every year x x x
PSA Blood Test - Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is produced by the prostate. Levels rise when there is an abnormality such as an infection, enlargement or cancer. Testing should be done in collaboration with your physician. Every year * x
Hemoccult - Screens the stool for microscopic amounts of blood that can be the first indication of polyps or colon cancer. Every year x x
Colorectal Health - A flexible scope examines the rectum, sigmoid and descending colon for cancer at its earliest and treatable stages. It also detects polyps, which are benign growths that can progress to cancer if not found early. Every 3-4 years x
Chest X-Ray - Should be considered in smokers over the age 45. Discuss with a physician x x
Bone Health - Bone mineral density test, also known as bone density test for osteoporosis. Discuss with a physician At 60
Self Exams - Testicle: To find lumps in their earliest stages. Skin: to look for signs of changing moles, freckles or early skin cancer. Oral: to look for signs of cancerous lesions in the mouth. Breast: to find abnormal lumps in their earliest stages. Month by self x x x
Testosterone Screening - Low testosterone symptoms include low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, fatigue and depression. Initial screening for symptoms with a questionnaire followed by a simple blood test. Discuss with a physician x x
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) - Sexually active adults who consider themselves at risk for STDs should be screened for syphilis, chlamydia, HIV and other STDs. Under physician supervision x x x

*Some medical associations recommend that men speak to their health care providers about a baseline PSA blood test at age 40. Men at high risk, including African Americans, should consider an annual prostate exam beginning at age 40.

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