Medical Screening Tests Older Men Should Consider

The U.S. Pre­ven­tive Ser­vices Task Force has come up with a set of rec­om­mend­ed screen­ing tests old­er men should have.

Use this list as a gen­er­al guide and an oppor­tu­ni­ty to dis­cuss these issues with your per­son­al doc­tor.

  • Abdom­i­nal Aor­tic Aneurysm. If you are between the ages of 65 and 75 and have ever been a smok­er, talk with your doc­tor about being screened.
  • Col­orec­tal Can­cer. Def­i­nite­ly.  Your doc­tor can advise which test is right for you.
  • Depres­sion. If you have felt sad or hope­less over the last 2 weeks or have felt lit­tle inter­est or plea­sure in doing things, talk to your doc­tor about being screened for depres­sion.
  • High Blood Pres­sure. Have your blood pres­sure checked at least every two years.  High blood pres­sure is 140/90 or high­er.
  • Dia­betes. If you have high blood pres­sure, have a dia­betes blood test.
  • Cho­les­terol. Have your cho­les­terol checked reg­u­lar­ly.
  • HIV and oth­er sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­eases. Some doc­tors think every­one should be test­ed for HIV and oth­er STD’s at least once. At the very least, talk with your doc­tor about HIV screen­ing if any of these apply:
    • You have had unpro­tect­ed sex with any­one — male or female — who isn’t your reg­u­lar part­ner.
    • You have used or now use injec­tion drugs.
    • You exchange sex for mon­ey or drugs or have sex part­ners who do.
    • You have past or present sex part­ners who are HIV-infect­ed or use injec­tion drugs.
    • You are being treat­ed for a sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­ease.
    • You had a blood trans­fu­sion between 1978 and 1985
  • Body weight. Have your body mass index (BMI) cal­cu­lat­ed to screen for obe­si­ty. (BMI is a mea­sure of body fat based on height and weight.)  There’s a handy online cal­cu­la­tor at:  http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/.
  • Oth­er con­di­tions. Some of the oth­er con­di­tions which may war­rant reg­u­lar screen­ing include: glau­co­ma, skin can­cer, and prostate enlarge­ment.  For your prostate, you’ll test your PSA scores (lev­els of prostate spe­cif­ic anti­gen).  Based on your past med­ical his­to­ry and a pos­si­ble fam­i­ly predilec­tion, there may be oth­er dis­eases to watch out for too.

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