You should visit your health care provider regularly, even if you feel healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:
Even if you feel fine, you should still see your health care provider for regular checkups. These visits can help you avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. Simple blood tests can check for these conditions.
There are specific times when you should see your provider. Below are screening guidelines for men ages 40 - 64.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
CHOLESTEROL SCREENING AND HEART DISEASE PREVENTION
COLON CANCER SCREENING
If you are under age 50, you should be screened only if you have a strong family history of colon cancer or polyps, or if you have had inflammatory bowel disease or polyps.
If you are between ages 50 - 75, you should be screened for colorectal cancer. This may involve:
You may need a colonoscopy more often if you have risk factors for colon cancer, such as:
During your exam, your provider may ask you about:
PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING
LUNG CANCER SCREENING
The USPSTF recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 55 - 80 years who:
Health maintenance visit - men - ages 40 - 64; Physical exam - men - ages 40 - 64; Yearly exam - men - ages 40 - 64; Checkup - men - ages 40 - 64; Men's health - ages 40 - 64; Preventive care - men - ages 40 - 64
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Updated by: Deborah Greenberg, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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