Studies show that men are less likely than women to see their doctor in a given year. The month of June is Men's Health Month, and we think there's no better time than now to talk about the important health screenings men should have at every age.
There are several routine health screenings men should begin to receive at certain ages throughout their lives. These tests can help in detecting certain diseases, sometimes even before symptoms begin to develop. Here is a quick guide to some of the screening tests that are commonly recommended for men:
Blood Pressure Test
Beginning at age 18 men should have their blood pressure checked. It is simple and painless and you can even have it checked at your regular doctor's visit or local pharmacy. High blood pressure can increase the risk of stroke, heart disease, heart attack and other problems.
Cholesterol screening should be done starting at age 35. High cholesterol can lead to the same problems as blood pressure, as mentioned above.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended starting at age 50 onward. There are several tests to check for colorectal cancer; talk to your doctor about which is right for you.
If you have high blood pressure that is above 135/80 mmHg, your doctor will probably recommend a screening for type 2 diabetes.
Talk to your doctor about if and when you should be tested for prostate cancer. There are a few ways to be tested, but you should discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor to find out what is best for you.
If you would like to learn more about the recommended health screening tests for men, visit our Health Library online. For information on Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and the services we offer, visit us online or call 727-819-2929.