Recommended Health Screenings for Men in Their 50s
It doesn't matter what age we are, it is going to take a lot of time and effort on our part to keep healthy. We try to eat a good diet, exercise as much as possible and take various preventive measures to keep from getting sick. There are certain milestones, however, such as when we turn 50, that we should consider having health screenings. These should be added to our checkup list to keep ahead of any possible problems that are occurring internally.
Many men don’t go for their annual checkups so they might miss their health screenings. Harvard Health says that “nearly one-fifth of men ages 55 and over said they had never undergone screening for colon cancer, and almost 30 percent said they ‘wait as long as possible’ to seek medical attention when they are feeling sick or in pain.”
These recommended health screenings for men in their 50s are from sources such as Harvard Health1, John Hopkins Medicine2, and the National Cancer Institute3.
Men between the ages of 55 and 75 should get regular colorectal screenings. Your doctor should be consulted because there are a number of options available. This could include checking a stool sample for blood every year, a flexible sigmoidoscopy that checks the lower colon every five years or a colonoscopy every 10 years.
Prostate Cancer Screening
There is some debate over who should get the prostate-specific antigen test that measures the level of PSA in the blood. This test was originally given to men who had prostate cancer to check the progression of the disease. It was then recommended as a screening test for awhile starting when a man was 50 years of age to detect prostate cancer early.
Although elevated PSA may mean that cancer is present, there may also be other issues that could cause it to be elevated as well.
The National Cancer Institute says that medical organizations started to caution against screening for prostate cancer routinely because the pros and cons were not clearly understood.
You should talk to your doctor before being tested.
For those who are at risk for other diseases, getting regular tests is important. Men and women who are between 55-80 years old and smoke but who quit within the last 15 years should receive lung cancer screening every year.
For those who are at risk for osteoporosis, have a history of corticosteroid use, those who smoke regularly or have rheumatoid arthritis should have bone scans completed regularly.
Any groups that are at risk should also have screenings for hepatitis C, diabetes, and HIV. Your primary doctor will monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol on your annual wellness visit.
Your skin should be checked every three months for skin cancer and any worrisome lesions that may exist.
Make sure to talk to your doctor about tests and screenings that are due when you have your next visit.
In addition to eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and getting regular health screenings, we recommend taking the NATURELO Daily Multivitamin for Men 50+. Unlike other one-size-fits-all supplements, the product is formulated specifically for the adult male over 50. This complete formula delivers vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
1. Harvard Health: Screening tests for men ages 50 and older
2. John Hopkins Medicine: Prostate Cancer: Age-Specific Screening Guidelines
3. National Cancer Institute: Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test