I recently wrote a blog on women’s preventative screening recommendations and thought I’d follow-up with a post for men to help them maintain their health. Prevention is an under-valued tool in our culture. Catch these potential killers early with the following guidelines!
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: This test is recommended if you are 65-75 years old and have ever smoked. However, it is not routinely covered by insurance.
Prostate Cancer: It is no longer recommended that men be screened annually with a serum PSA. Talk to your physician if you have a family history or concerns.
Colon Cancer: Start at age 50 with a colonoscopy. You will need to start earlier if you have a family history of colon cancer. Discuss timing of your first colonoscopy with your PCP.
Diabetes: Screening recommended if your BP is >135/80.
Cholesterol: Start at age 20 if you smoke, have diabetes, hypertension, heart disease or are obese (BMI>30). You should also be screened if you have a family history of a male <50 years old or a female <60 years old with heart disease.
Hepatitis C: The latest recommendation from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends screening all baby boomers born from 1945-1965. 1 in 30 baby boomers have the disease and don’t know it.
HIV: Everyone who is sexually active should be screened.
Depression: Consider screening if you have ever felt sad or hopeless and you have lost interest in your usual activities or hobbies.
About Dr. Susan Szulc
Susan V. Szulc, MD, is a board-certified internist with Bon Secours Medical Associates at Virginia Beach. She received her bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Dr. Szulc earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Va., where she also completed a residency in internal medicine. Dr. Szulc is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians and American Medical Women’s Association. Dr. Szulc’s special interests include palliative care and hypertension. Read more of Dr. Szulc’s blogs.
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Source: US Preventative Task Force Guidelines and American College of Physicians