Saint Vincent Hospital Offers Men’s Health ScreeningsJun 29, 2023
Here are some suggested tests and screenings needed to identify risks and catch issues early, or simply to be cleared as “good-to-go”:
It should be checked at least once every year. Blood pressure should be checked more often if other health conditions exist such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems or overweight, among others.
Men with no known risk factors for coronary heart disease should begin this screening at aged 35. Repeat cholesterol screenings should take place every 5 years for men with normal levels and more often with lifestyle changes such as weight gain or diet, and more often with other conditions.
Men aged 45 to 75 should be screened, with a variety of tests available. With a family history of colon cancer or polyps, it’s important to get screened, regardless of age.
All adults with no risk factors should be screened starting at age 35 and repeated every 3 years. With other risk factors such as first degree relative with diabetes, overweight or obesity, high blood pressure, a history of heart disease, testing should happen more often.
An annual screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) is recommended if aged 50 to 80 and have a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
Men who are between 55 to 75 years of age should talk with their provider about the pros and cons of having prostate cancer screening. Having a family history of prostate cancer (in father or brother) or being African American puts patients at a higher risk.
“As a doctor who treats a considerable amount of prostate cancer, discussing screening for prostate cancer with your primary care physician is my biggest health related tip for men in this age group,” said Dr. Chintan Patel, Urologist at Saint Vincent Hospital. “Prostate cancer screening consists of a blood test and a quick physical exam. If prostate cancer is caught early, there are lots of options for treatment which minimally impact quality of life.”
To schedule a screening at Saint Vincent Hospital, please visit StVincentHospital.com/Find-A-Doctor.