Checkups and Screenings

Be honest guys. When's the last time you went to the doctor? Maybe, when your wife made your go or even physically drove you there?

We know you've read an owner's manual before, so consider the information below an owner's manual for your health. This is a schedule of what you need to do in order to safeguard your health.

Regular checkups and age-appropriate screenings can improve your health and reduce premature death and disability. You should consult your health care provider about the benefits of earlier screenings, especially if you are a member of a high risk group or have a family history of disease.


PHYSICAL EXAM: Review overall health status, perform a thorough physical exam and discuss health related topics.

Every 3 Years X
Every 2 Years X
Every Year X

BLOOD PRESSURE: High blood pressure (hypertension) has no symptoms, but can cause permanent damage to body organs.

Every Year X X X

TB SKIN TEST: Should be done on occasion of exposure or suggestive symptoms at direction of physician. Some occupations may require more frequent testing for public health indications.

Every 5 Years X X X

BLOOD TESTS & URINALYSIS: Screens for various illnesses and diseases (such as cholesterol, diabetes, kidney or thyroid dysfunction) before symptoms occur.

Every 3 Years X
Every 2 Years X
Every Year X

EKG: Electrocardiogram screens for heart abnormalities.

Baseline X
Every 2 Years X
Every Year X

TETANUS BOOSTER: Prevents lockjaw.

Every 10 Years X X X

RECTAL EXAM: Screens for hemorrhoids, lower rectal problems, colon and prostate cancer.

Every Year X X X

PSA BLOOD TEST: Prostate Specific Antigen is produced by the prostate. Levels rise when there is an abnormality such as an infection, enlargement or cancer. Testing should be done in collaboration with your physician.

*African-American men and men with family history of prostate cancer may wish to begin prostate screening at age 40, or earlier.

Every Year * X

HEMOCCULT: Screens the stool for microscopic amounts of blood that can be the first indication of polyps or colon cancer.

Every Year X X

COLORECTAL HEALTH: Colonoscopy:a procedure that allows the physician to view the entire length of the large intestine, and can often help identify abnormal growths, inflamed tissue, ulcers, and bleeding. It involves inserting a colonoscope, a long, flexible, lighted tube, in through the rectum up into the colon. The colonoscope allows the physician to see the lining of the colon, remove tissue for further examination, and possibly treat some problems that are discovered.

Every 3-4 Years X

CHEST X-RAY: Should be considered in smokers over the age of 45. The usefulness of this test on a yearly basis is debatable due to poor cure rates of lung cancer.

Discuss with a physician X X

BONE HEALTH: Bone mineral density test. Testing is best done under the supervision of your physician.

Discuss with a physician Age 60

To find lumps in their earliest stages.
Skin: To look for signs of changing moles, freckles, or early skin cancer.
Oral: To look for signs of cancerous lesions in the mouth.
Breast: To find abnormal lumps in their earliest stages.

Monthly by self X X X

TESTOSTERONE SCREENING: Low testosterone symptoms include low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, fatigue and depression. Initial screening for symptoms with a questionnaire followed by a simple blood test.

Discuss with a physician X X

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STDs): Sexually active adults who consider themselves at risk for STDs should be screened for syphilis, chlamydia and other STDs.

Under physician supervision X X X