Men's Health Checklist

How Often Do I Need to See My Doctor?

Do you take better care of your car than you do your health? Come on, be honest! Research shows that men generally do not see a doctor for a physical exam nearly as often as women. Many men will wait until something is terribly wrong, then they reluctantly go. Does this sound like you?

Regular checkups and age-appropriate health screenings can help you improve your health. Below, is the proposed schedule for checkups and health screenings, by age, as recommended by the Men’s Health Network.
 
Men Ages 20 – 39

Physical exam with blood tests and urinalysis (cholesterol, diabetes, kidney and thyroid dysfunction)every 3 years, Blood pressure every year, Tuberculosis skin test every 5 years, Electrocardiogram (EKG) beginning at 30 years of age, Tetanus and pertussis booster every 10 years, Rectal exam every year, Testicular, skin, oral, and breast self-exams every month, Sexually transmitted diseases screening
 
Men Ages 40 – 49

Physical exam with blood tests and urinalysis (cholesterol, diabetes, kidney and thyroid dysfunction) every 2 years, Blood pressure every year, Tuberculosis skin test every 5 years, Electrocardiogram (EKG) every 4 years, Tetanus booster every 10 years, Rectal exam every year, Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test is recommended for African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer at 40 years of age, Hemoccult (microscopic stool screening for polyps and colon cancer) every year, Chest x-ray – discuss with doctor, especially if you are or were a smoker, Testicular, skin, oral, and breast self-exams every month, Testosterone screening – discuss with doctor
 
Men 50 Years of Age and Older

Physical exam with blood tests and urinalysis (cholesterol, diabetes, kidney and thyroid dysfunction) every year, Blood pressure every year, Tuberculosis skin test every year, Electrocardiogram (EKG) every 3 years, Tetanus and pertussis booster every 10 years, Rectal exam every year, Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test every year, Hemoccult (microscopic stool screening for polyps and colon cancer) every year, Testicular, skin, oral, and breast self-exams every month Testosterone screening – discuss with doctor, Chest x-ray – discuss with doctor, especially if you are or were a smoker, Colorectal screening every 3 – 4 years, Bone health screening at 60 years of age.