Proactive Health Care for Men

By: Dr. Nicole Sandilands ND

It is very common for people to seek out medical advice only when they are experiencing a symptom or are experiencing a new health concern.  However, there are many screening tests that are available that allow us to possibly identify a concern well before a symptom arises.  These tests allow us to be proactive about our health and it is important to check in with your health care provider from time to time to allow for screening of these potential diseases.  Use the chart below as a guideline to ensure you are getting all the tests necessary for your age.

Test Age & Frequency The Facts
Blood Pressure Check Good to begin screening after age   20 and every 1-2 years thereafter Normal = 120/80mmHg

High = >140/90

Cholesterol Ideal to begin at age 40, however   if you have a strong family history it may   be started as early as age 20. Frequency of screening depends on your   family history and risk factors- it ranges from once a year to every 5 years. Ideal  Ranges:

  •   Total Cholesterol <6.0
  •   LDL < 3.0
  •   HDL > 1.0
Blood Glucose Check Screening should begin at age   40 and should be done a minimum of every 3 years.  Earlier and more frequent testing may be   recommended based on your risk factors. Normal fasting glucose –    4.0-6.0

Impaired fasting glucose –    6.0-7.0

Diabetic fasting glucose – >7.0


Colon Cancer Screening

  •   Fecal occult Blood Test (FOBT)
  •    colonoscopy
Men over 50 should have a   FOBT performed every 2 years and colonoscopies are performed based on risk   factors and family history but are typically performed every 5-10 years   beginning at age 50
Skin Cancer Screening Monthly self-screening of   your skin should be performed.  If you   notice any changes in any moles on your skin, contact your health care   provider.
Prostate Cancer Screening

  •   PSA
  •   Digital Rectal Exam (DRE)
Men age 50 and older   should talk to their health care provider about the risks/benefits of both   screening methods.  DREs are typically   initiated at that time and are usually performed every 1-2 years.

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