Men’s Health: General Guidelines and Screenings

By: AvMed Health Tips AvMed Health Smarts, Cancer, Men's Health, Preventive Care

When it comes to going to the doctor, men are less likely than women to schedule an appointment. Skipping regular checkups does more harm than good: The earlier your AvMed Provider notices something wrong, the better the chances of treating it.

Here are some United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for common cancer screenings for men:

Colon cancer: The USPSTF recommends screening for colon cancer starting at age 50 and then continuing until age 75. The types of screenings available include colonoscopy and stool-based tests.

Lung cancer: Annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography is recommended for adults aged 55 to 80 years with a 30-pack year smoking history and who currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

Prostate cancer: For men aged 55 to 69 years, the decision to undergo periodic prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer should be an individual one. Talk to your doctor to see if it’s right for you.

For additional information on screenings, visit AvMed’s Adult Preventive Care Recommendations page.


EMBRACE | August 2018