Men's Health (cont.)
Health Screening Tests for Men Ages 40-64
For men aged 40–64, the NIH recommends those tests listed for men aged 18–39 listed above with the following changes or additions:
Colon Cancer Screening
Colon cancer screening: People between ages 50 and 75 should be screened for
colorectal cancer. African-Americans should consider starting screening at age
45. This may involve:
test done every year.
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years along with a stool occult blood test.
- Colonoscopy every 10 years. People with
risk factors for colon cancer, such as
ulcerative colitis, a personal or family
history of colorectal cancer, or a history of large colorectal adenomas may need
a colonoscopy more often.
- Men should receive a
vaccine every year.
- Doctor may recommend other
for men that have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes.
- Men should have a tetanus-diphtheria
booster vaccination every 10 years. If you have not received a
tetanus-diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine as one of your
tetanus-diphtheria vaccines, you should have it once.
- Men may get a shingles or herpes zoster
vaccination once after age 60. (Some doctors recommend a
vaccine at age 60)
- All men ages 50 to 70 with risk factors
for osteoporosis should discuss screening with their doctor.
Preventive health visit every 2 years until age 50, and then once a year,
- Checking height and weight
- Screening for alcohol and tobacco use
- Screening for depression
- Routine diagnostic tests are not
- Some men should consider taking a
low-dose aspirin every day to reduce the chance of heart attacks.
Prostate Cancer Screening
- Most men age 50 or older should discuss
cancer with their health care practitioner. African-American men and those with
a family history of prostate cancer should start screening at age 45.
- During screening, a
test is often done (however, in 2011, recommendations from a consensus study
suggested PSA tests should not be done as part of the screening because they
concluded that too often, test results led to unwarranted treatments and other
tests); this test should be discussed with your doctor.
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