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Men's Cancer Screenings
A general cancer related checkup is recommended every three years for people ages 20 to 39, and annually for people 40 and older. The checkup should include examinations for cancers of the thyroid, testicles, lymph nodes, oral cavity and skin. This visit should also include health counseling about tobacco, sun exposure, diet & nutrition, personal risk factors, sexual practices, and environmental and occupational exposures to carcinogens.
Colon and Rectal Cancer Screening
Beginning at age 50 there are many options for colon and rectal cancer screenings. For detailed information about colon and rectal cancer screening methods, click here. For current screening guidelines, please read below.
People age 50 and older should have one of the following:
- Colonoscopy every ten years (Gold Standard) -OR-
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years -OR-
- Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year and flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years -OR-
- Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or fecal immunochemical test (FIT) every year -OR-
- Double-contrast barium enema every five to ten years
Skin Cancer Screening
- At least once a year, a person should have a clinical skin exam, either by their usual provider or by a dermatologist. A clinical skin exam is a visual exam of the skin done by a trained healthcare professional. Click here for information on how to perform a self examination.
Prostate Cancer Screening
- At age 50, talk with your healthcare provider about beginning prostate-specific (PSA) blood testing and digital rectal exams (DRE) of the prostate gland. Both tests are done annually.