Why are screening tests important? Because screening for early detection, before symptoms appear, it’s much easier to treat.
Depending on age and risk factors, men need to have the following tests, according to Web MD.
1. Prostate cancer
This is considered as one of the most common cancer in men after skin cancer. This type of cancer tends to grow slowly, but there are also types of prostate cancer that grow quickly and violently.
The American Cancer Society recommends: Men should talk to their doctor about prostate cancer screening at age 50 if they are at moderate risk, and at age 40 if they have a family history of prostate cancer, according to Web MD.
2. Testicular cancer
Most testicular cancer cases occur between the ages of 20 and 54. The American Cancer Society recommends that all men should have a testicular examination at a routine physical exam.
People at higher risk, such as a family history or testes, should be tested. Some doctors recommend regular self-examination, hard lumps, smooth bumps or changes in size or shape in the testicles.
3. Colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer causing death. Men are at a higher risk of developing the disease than women. Most bowel cancer develops slowly from colon polyps. One way to prevent bowel cancer is to find and remove polyps before turning into cancer, according to Web MD.
4. Skin cancer
Melanoma is rated as the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Older men are twice as likely to get melanoma than women.
The American Cancer Society and the American Academy of Dermatology recommend regular skin tests to check for any changes in skin shape, color and size.
5. High blood pressure
The risk of hypertension increases with age. High blood pressure, if well controlled, can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. Therefore, it is necessary to know your blood pressure reading, according to Web MD.
Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80. High blood pressure is 130/80 or higher.