Which Routine Cancer Screenings Should Men Have and When?
As we age, we tend to have more and more doctors’ appointments and tests scheduled – ever wonder why? With age, we become more susceptible to certain diseases and cancers. Here’s the good news: preventative care and early detection greatly increases the chances for successful treatment!
Here are some routine screenings for review and consideration:
Prostate cancers often grow slowly or not at all. However, that doesn’t make them any less prominent among men. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, alongside skin cancer.
Two common types of screenings for prostate cancer are digital rectal exams (DREs) and prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests. However, these tests are not necessary for every male patient. Starting at age 50, men should consult their doctor to determine a need for testing and a possible screening schedule.
Colon and Stool Screenings:
It is recommended that colon and stool screenings begin at age 50. Various types of screenings include colonoscopies, fecal occult blood tests, and sigmoidoscopies. It’s important to note that not ALL of these screenings are necessary. Many of these screenings are dependent upon the results of another. Your primary physician can provide you with a screening schedule.
Preventative Health Visits:
Preventive health visits (physicals) to check height, weight, alcohol and tobacco use, routine diagnostics and more, should occur at least every 2 years until age 50. After 50, males should visit their doctor at least once a year.
If you have recently been diagnosed with a cancer of any type, we invite you to contact us at RN Cancer Guides. At RN Cancer Guides, we want to help manage the details and logistics of your treatment plan, so you can focus on healing and have peace of mind with the choices you are making.