While there are some medical screenings that both women and men should have, there are others that depend on your gender. Below are some of the important health screenings that are recommended for men. Keep in mind that the screenings will depend on your age, with older men requiring more screenings than younger men.
Some of these screenings can be done during a biometric screening, also known as a wellness screening. This type of health screening does not diagnose disease but it does measure possible risks for certain health issues.
At age 18, it is recommended that men start to have testicular exams.
Blood pressure screenings are recommended for men every 2 years, starting at age 18.
For men ages 18 and up, annual skin exams are usually recommended to check for signs of skin cancer.
Most doctors recommend that men be given cholesterol screenings starting in their 20s.
Starting from age 30, blood glucose tests are recommended to check for diabetes.
After age 50, colonoscopies are recommended to check for signs of colorectal cancer.
To screen for prostate cancer the recommended age for prostate exams for men is 50. However, high risk individuals should probably start to have prostate exams at age 40.
It is common for employers to request that their employees have biometric screenings done. This helps them assess the healthiness of their workforce. In some cases, companies have health professionals come to the office to conduct biometric screenings on site.
Biometric screenings are usually quick and may involve the below:
- Measurement of height and weight
- Blood pressure reading
- Blood testing- through finger pricks and/or by drawing blood
- Health questionnaire- this will be a form for you to fill out that asks about your medical history and lifestyle
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