Preventive Care for Men
For men, there are plenty of screenings available that can usually be done through your primary care doctor. These screenings should be discussed at your annual or routine visits.
Screening guidelines vary by age and certain individualized risk factors. For this post, we will focus on men over the age of 18.
Colon Cancer Screening: Colonoscopy or other stool-based testing is recommended for all men aged 45-75. If a colonoscopy is normal, it may be repeated once every 10 years.
Hypertension Screening: Blood pressure checks are recommended for all men aged 18 and older at least yearly.
Depression/Anxiety Screening: Questionnaires to screen for depression and anxiety are recommended for all adults 18 and older at least yearly.
Hepatitis C Screening: Blood testing for Hepatitis C is recommended for all adults aged 18-79 at least once.
Lung Cancer Screening: Chest imaging is recommended for certain adults aged 50-80 who currently smoke or have a history of smoking cigarettes.
Prediabetes and Diabetes Screening: Blood testing for diabetes/prediabetes is recommended for all overweight or obese adults aged 35-70 at least yearly.
For more information on screening guidelines for your age group, check out this link: https://content.highmarkprc.com/Files/Region/hdebcbs/EducationManuals/PreventiveHealthGuidelines/de-guidelines-19to64.pdf