Health maintenance visit - men - over age 65; Physical exam - men - over age 65; Yearly exam - men - over age 65; Checkup - men - over age 65; Men's health - over age 65; Preventive care exam - men - over age 65
You should visit your health care provider regularly, even if you feel healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:
Even if you feel fine, you should still see your provider for regular checkups. These visits can help you avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. A simple blood test can check for these conditions.
There are specific times when you should see your provider. Below are screening guidelines for men age 65 and older.
ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM SCREENING
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
CHOLESTEROL SCREENING AND HEART DISEASE PREVENTION
COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING
Until age 75, you should have screening for colorectal cancer on a regular basis. If you are age 76 or older, you should ask your provider if you need to be screened. Several tests are available for colorectal cancer screening:
You may need a colonoscopy more often if you have risk factors for colorectal cancer, such as:
LUNG CANCER SCREENING
You should have an annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if:
INFECTIOUS DISEASE SCREENING
PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING
If you're 55 through 69 years old, before having the test, talk to your provider about the pros and cons of having a PSA test. Ask about:
For men older than age 70, most recommendations are against screening.
If you choose to be tested, the PSA blood test is repeated over time (yearly or less often), though the best frequency is not known.
During the exam, your provider will ask you about:
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