Sheila Jackson, MSN, RN
Director of Care Coordination, Arizona Care Network
It is Men’s Health Month and the primary way to keep yourself healthy is proactively scheduling annual wellness visits with your doctor. Specific tests and screenings for men are recommended at certain ages and are crucial to stay healthy and identify signs of illness early on. Check out the guidelines below to ensure you are current on the recommended health exams for your age group.
Please remember these guidelines are not meant to replace advice from your doctor. Your doctor may recommend certain screenings at a different age based on your individual genetics and health history, as they know your overall health the best.
- Annual physical exam
- Blood pressure
- Height / weight measurements
- Annual vision & dental exam
- STD testing/ HIV screening every 2 years
- If you are sexually active, have multiple partners, or are getting into a new relationship, it is a good idea to get tested.
- Testicular cancer screening every year
- Testicular cancer is most common in males age 15 to 35, so it’s important to start getting tested early.
- Full body skin exam every 2 years
- Skin changes can occur rapidly, so an exam ensures any form of cancer is caught early.
- Cholesterol testing every 5 years
- High cholesterol increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States.
- Annual Flu vaccine
- HPV vaccine (if not already received)
- Protect yourself against warts and cancers that can be caused by this STD.
- Td booster every 10 years
- Tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds. Diphtheria spreads from person to person. Prevent both with this vaccine.
- Protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.
- Should get 2 doses if there are no previously documented doses.
- Protects against chicken pox. Should only get this vaccine if you have not previously had chicken pox or the vaccine.
- Depression screening
- Helps you recognize, talk about, and seek treatment for depression if needed.
All screenings from your 20’s PLUS:
- Blood test for diabetes, thyroid disease, liver problems, and anemia
- Annual cardiovascular evaluation
- Includes blood pressure, cholesterol, and family history screening.
All screenings from your 20’s and 30’s PLUS:
- Annual prostate screening exam
- Diabetes screening
- Screening for lipid disorders (Coronary Heart Disease) every 5 years
All screenings from your 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s PLUS:
- Annual Low-dose CT Lung Scan
- Necessary if you are or have been a smoker.
- Blood test for thyroid every 5 years
- Annual screening for colon cancer with fecal occult blood test
- Checks stool for hidden blood.
- Colonoscopy every 10 years
- Annual screening for lipid disorders (Coronary Heart Disease)
- One-time shingles vaccine
All previous screenings listed PLUS:
- Annual screening for Osteoporosis
- Tests your bone mineral density to identify low bone mass.
- Annual hearing exam
- Continue colorectal screening based upon previous studies and results
- Annual screening for Dementia and Alzheimer’s
- One-time screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Ultrasound to detect any enlargement of the Aorta, the main blood vessel that delivers blood to the body.
Staying current on health exams should be a top priority to keep your body healthy. If you or a loved one need help establishing care with a primary care provider and you are a member of Arizona Care Network, you can contact our concierge by calling 602.406.7226. Our team can help you find a doctor in your network and schedule an appointment. You can also use our Find A Doc tool to locate a primary care provider near you.