Men’s Health Screening Through The Ages

By Johanna Brotz, UWO Health Promotion Intern

Preventative health plays a huge role in staying healthy throughout our lives. It can catch many diseases in the early stages of development. The most powerful thing about preventative health is that it can help you prevent a disease from occurring. This improves long term health and saves an individual hefty healthcare bills. Most diseases are caught early by doing regular screenings throughout a person’s life. How often someone gets screened can be dependent on a number of factors, including: family health history, age, past screening results, DNA test results (mutations to certain genes can put people at higher risk for developing specific cancers), etc.

Being biologically male, an individual is prone to developing certain diseases than a female would be. This is why it’s important to know when you should start and how often you should be receiving certain health screenings for various diseases/illnesses. Now let’s break it down by age groups:

Screenings & Exams You Need

In your 20s:

  • Monthly testicular self-exam
  • Yearly physical (blood pressure and blood test)
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening, if sexually active
  • Vision screening
  • Cholesterol testing every 5 years
  • Skin check if you notice changes in moles or marks
  • It is also recommended by the Centers for Disease Control that every adults (regardless of their sexual behaviors) should get tested for HIV at least once in their life.

In your 30s:

  • Monthly testicular self-exam
  • Yearly physical (BP and blood test)
  • STI screening
  • Vision screening
  • Blood sugar and cholesterol test every 5 years

In your 40s:

  • Monthly testicular self-exam
  • Yearly physical (blood pressure check, blood test, cholesterol testing)
  • Prostate exam
  • Eye disease screening
  • Blood sugar testing and colonoscopy every 5 years (or more frequently if recommended)
  • Talk to your physician about heart disease screening

In your 50s:

  • Monthly testicular self-exam
  • Yearly physical (blood pressure check, blood test, cholesterol testing)
  • Prostate exam
  • Eye disease screening
  • Coronary screening
  • Type II Diabetes screening
  • Skin check
  • Osteoporosis screening and blood sugar testing every 3 years
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years (or every 5 years if high risk)
  • Talk to your physician about EKG testing.