What Every Man Should Know About Screening Tests

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What Every Man Should Know About Screening Tests

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Screening tests can find diseases early when they are easier to treat. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that you talk to your doctor about screening for certain conditions.

Here is a handy checklist so you know what to ask for at your next visit to the doctor.
All Ages:
  • Obesity: Have your body mass index (BMI) calculated to screen for obesity. (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight.

  • Blood Pressure: Men should have their blood pressure checked at least every two years, more if you have a family history of hyper tension.

  • Diabetes Test: If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure, get a diabetes test.

  • Depression: If you've felt "blue" for two weeks straight, ask your doctor about screening you for depression.

Age 30
  • High Cholesterol: Have your cholesterol checked regularly, especially if:
    • You have diabetes.
    • You have high blood pressure.
    • Heart disease runs in your family.
    • You smoke.

Age 50
  • Colorectal Cancer: Have a test for colorectal cancer starting at age 50. Your doctor can help you decide which test is right for you. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you may need to be screened earlier.

Age 65+
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: if you are between the ages of 65 and 75 and have ever smoked, you need to be screened once for abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is an abnormally large or swollen blood vessel in your abdomen.

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