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Men: Check your Health

, by St. Luke's

Men: Check your Health

Many men only see their doctor when something’s wrong. But your doctor wants to see you when you’re well so he or she can establish a baseline and catch any problems early.

Every step you take toward better health makes a big difference. That’s why it’s crucial to follow a healthy lifestyle, be aware of any health issues, visit your doctor regularly, and follow these general guidelines about exams and screenings you need to stay on top of your health. Always talk to your doctor about which tests you need and when, especially if you have a family history of any disease or condition.

General Screening and Exam Guidelines

  • Full Check-up: Yearly
  • Skin Self-exam: Monthly, starting in childhood
  • Skin Clinical Exam: Yearly
  • Testicular Self-exam: Monthly, beginning at age 15
  • Blood Pressure: Every 6 months if your BP is normal, beginning at age 18. If BP is over 120/80, check more often.
  • Cholesterol: Every 2 years, after age 35, and annually after age 50. Begin screening at age 20 if you’re at increased risk for heart disease.
  • Blood Glucose: Every 3 years, after age 45. Start testing earlier if you have high blood pressure.
  • Prostate: Talk to your doctor after age 40. Screenings include a digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test.
  • Colonoscopy: Every 10 years, after age 50, by a qualified endoscopist, or earlier if you have a family history of colon cancer.

If you need help finding a doctor, visit stlukesonline.org or call:

  • (208) 381-900 – all areas
  • (208) 381-2DAY – Ada and Canyon counties only

 

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