Men’s Health Month: Checkup and Screening Guidelines

There’s a silent health crisis in American. It’s fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women, according to the Men’s Health Network.

Depression in men is more often undiagnosed than woman, the chance of being a homicide victim places men, and especially African-American men, at unusually high risk, and men are the victims of over 92 percent of workplace deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites that today’s men, on average, die almost six years earlier than women. Men can take steps to beat the odds, however.

Men’s Health Month in June helps to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and young men. Follow these checkup and screening guidelines to help you or the men in your life live longer and healthier.

Basic physical exam

  • Ages 20-39 – every 3 years
  • Ages 40-49 – every 2 years
  • Age 50+ – every year

Blood pressure and cholesterol check

  • Every year

TB Skin Test

  • Every 5 years

Blood tests and urinalysis

  • Ages 20-39 – every 3 years
  • Ages 40-49 – every 2 years
  • Age 50+ – every year

EKG

  • Age 30 – baseline
  • Ages 40-49 – every 2 years
  • Age 50+ – every year

Tetanus Booster

  • Every 10 years

Rectal exam

  • Every year

PSA Blood Test

  • Ages 40-49 – high-risk men
  • Age 50+ – every year

Hemoccult

  • Ages 40-49 – every year
  • Age 50+ – every year

Colorectal Health

  • Age 50+ – every year

Chest X-Ray

  • Discuss with your physician

Bone density test

  • Age 60

Testicle, skin, oral and breast self-exams

  • Monthly

Testosterone screening

  • Discuss with your physician

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

  • All ages, under physician supervision

Dr. Turkish is a board certified in family medicine and on staff at Bay Family Medicine, affiliated with Raritan Bay Medical Center. The Bay Family Medicine office is located at 26 Throckmorton Lane, Old Bridge, NJ. To schedule an appointment, call 732-360-0287 or 1-800-DOCTORS. 

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