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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

At What Age Do Men Need to Do Health Screenings?

Posted By: Advancing Care

Lisa Ferrara, MD, internal medicine physician at Bon Secours Medical Group, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), says men should follow these guidelines:

General: Blood pressure, weight, diabetes and cholesterol at primary-care visits.

Colon cancer: Begin screening at age 45 or 50, depending on family history, with a colonoscopy. Screenings include colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, stool occult and fecal immunochemical (FIT), and stool DNA (Cologard testing).

Hepatitis C: Once for anyone born between 1945 and 1965.

Lung cancer: Age 55-79, annually, for asymptomatic smokers/former smokers.

Prostate cancer: Age 45-75; earlier for African-Americans and those with family history.

Skin cancer: Depends upon skin type and family history.

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Visit us at Bon Secours Medical Group, a member of Westchester Medical Center Health Network, to learn more. Advancing Care. Here.