Men's Health

Preventive Care

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Mens Health

Get the Screenings You Need

One of the most important ways you can take care of yourself is to actively take part in your health care. Schedule regular check-ups with your doctor and learn about the health care screenings you need, whether you need medicines to prevent diseases, and steps you can take for good health.

Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Blood pressure checks and tests for high cholesterol are examples of screenings. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends the following screenings:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening for men age 65 to 75 who have smoked
  • Colorectal cancer screening starting at age 50 or earlier if you have a family history
  • Prostate Cancer (PSA) screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Cholesterol screening for men age 35 and older or younger if at higher risk
  • Diabetes screening for Type 2 diabetes if you have high blood pressure
  • HIV and sexually transmitted infection screenings for adults at higher risk

For the full list of USPSTF recommended preventive services, click here.

In addition to the screenings listed above, you may want to talk to your doctor about:

  • Use of aspirin to prevent heart disease (if you are 45 years or older)
  • Immunizations – get a flu shot every year and if you are 65 or older, get a pneumonia shot
  • Alcohol misuse
  • Depression
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Healthy diet
  • Weight loss

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