While some are simple and take just a minute or two (and others are obviously a bit more involved), each of these men’s health screenings are important for a guy’s overall wellness and should not be overlooked – especially as you get older. In fact, one of the best reasons to get yourself checked out consistently and on schedule is so that you can establish a baseline of your health numbers and then compare back to them as time passes. In other words, they provide an excellent yardstick for your fitness and overall health levels, and can often hint at other, more serious conditions that may seem completely unrelated.
Don’t Dodge These Men’s Health Screenings
Blood Pressure – If your blood pressure is normal (below 120 / 80) this should happen at least every two years, no matter your age. If your numbers are higher then you should be getting checked annually, at minimum, and even more often if you have other medical conditions. It’s quick, painless, and you can get it done at the grocery store or often times at your local fire station.
Cholesterol – This should be checked at least every 5 years if your numbers are normal, but more often if they run high or if you have heart disease risk factors.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases – While your lifestyle plays into this screening schedule, your personal medical history also plays a role. HIV, herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia can all be detected with a simple screening.
Lung Cancer – If you have a history of smoking or have recently quit within the past 15 years, get your lungs checked out as your doctor suggests.
Colon Cancer – There are a few different methods to get screened for colon cancer, and depending on which one your physician recommends you may have it done once every 5 years or once every 10. Regardless of the screening option you use, it should start getting checked once you turn 50.
Skin Cancer – Men are more likely than women to develop skin cancer and your chances of developing it continue to surge right along with your age. Check your own self out every three to four months for any new or changing moles or lesions, and your doctor or, ideally, a dermatologist, should give your entire body a once over every year, as well.