Don't Delay Scheduling Preventive Screenings

mens health screeningsMay 17, 2020

It's important for a man to know what to look for at each stage of his life. Unfortunately, many men delay seeing their doctors for routine physicals and preventive screenings. Stay in the know by making it a point to schedule your physical soon and consult with your doctor on the screenings most appropriate for you.

Boys Ages 12 to 17

Boys are twice as likely as girls to be diagnosed with ADHD, behavioral or conduct problems, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders and cigarette dependence*. Consult a pediatrician or qualified mental health professional if your child needs help. The major health concerns of this age group include anxiety, depression, alcohol or drug use, stress and eating disorders.

Men Ages 18 to 39

The highest rates of alcohol abuse in the United States are in men ages 25 to 39*. Other health concerns of this age group include sexually transmitted diseases, testicular cancer, lymphoma, melanoma, tobacco use, anxiety and depression.

Men Ages 40 to 50

The following baseline screenings are recommended for men ages 40 to 55**. Men should begin annual prostate cancer exams at age 50. They should also have a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50. Diabetes screenings are recommended every three years starting at age 45. Men at high risk of any of these conditions should begin screenings sooner than recommended above.

Men Ages 55 and up

Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death in people ages 65 and older*. Men ages 55 and older with a history of heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or stroke should see their doctor or specialist regularly. Men in this age group may also face issues with erectile dysfunction, enlarged prostate, high blood pressure, anxiety or depression.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among U.S. men every year, responsible for more than one in four deaths***. Because men of any age, race or ethnicity can develop heart disease, it's crucial for all men to learn their risks and develop a plan to maintain their heart's health. Adopting heart-healthy behaviors can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

In honor of Men's Health Month, we encourage all men to take an honest look at their diet and exercise habits and commit to a heart-healthy lifestyle.

  • * Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • ** The National Institutes of Health
  • *** American Heart Association ®