Recommended Screenings and Immunizations for Men

Screening Tests Ages 18-39 Ages 40-49 Ages 50-64 Ages 65 and Older
General Health:

Full checkup, including weight and height

Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
Heart Health:

Blood pressure test

At least every 2 years At least every 2 years At least every 2 years At least every 2 years
Cholesterol test Start at age 20, discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
Diabetes:

Blood sugar test

Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Start at age 45, then every 3 years Every 3 years Every 3 years
Prostate Health:

Digital Rectal Exam (DRE)

Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) (blood test) Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
Reproductive Health:

Testicular exam

Monthly self-exam; and part of a general checkup. Monthly self-exam; and part of a general checkup. Monthly self-exam; and part of a general checkup. Monthly self-exam; and part of a general checkup.
Chlamydia test Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) tests Both partners should get tested for STDs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse. Both partners should get tested for STDs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse. Both partners should get tested for STDs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse. Both partners should get tested for STDs, including HIV, before initiating sexual intercourse.
Colorectal Health:

Fecal occult blood test

Yearly Yearly
Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (with fecal occult blood test is preferred) Every 5 years (if not having a colonoscopy) Every 5 years (if not having a colonoscopy)
Double Contrast Barium Enema (DCBE) Every 5-10 years (if not having a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy) Every 5-10 years (if not having a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy)
Colonoscopy Every 10 years Every 10 years
Rectal exam Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Every 5-10 years with each screening (colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or DCBE) Every 5-10 years with each screening (colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or DCBE)
Eye and Ear Health:

Eye exam

Get your eyes checked if you have problems or visual changes. Every 2-4 years Every 2-4 years Every 2-4 years
Hearing test Starting at age 18, then every 10 years Every 10 years Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
Skin Health:

Mole exam

Monthly mole self-exam; by a doctor every 3 years, starting at age 20. Monthly mole self-exam; by a doctor every year. Monthly mole self-exam; by a doctor every year. Monthly mole self-exam; by a doctor every year.
Oral Health:

Dental exam

One or two times every year One or two times every year One or two times every year One or two times every year
Mental Health Screening Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse.
Immunizations:

Influenza vaccine

Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Discuss with your doctor or nurse. Yearly Yearly
Pneumococcal vaccine One time only
Tetanus-Diphtheria Booster vaccine Every 10 years Every 10 years Every 10 years Every 10 years

Source: www.4woman.gov


Last Editorial Review: 10/7/2005