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Important Health Tests for Men over 40

23/09/2014

Important Health Tests for Men over 40Even if you feel absolutely fine and a picture of health, there are a number of routine medical tests that you should have later in life. In one of our previous posts we focussed on important medical tests for men and women over 40. Today’s post will look at specific guidelines for men aged over 40-years-old and should be considered in addition to the tests outlined in our aforementioned post above.

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Colon Cancer Screening


Men aged under 50 do not necessarily need to undergo colon cancer screening unless there is a strong family history of the disease or if you have had inflammatory bowel disease in the past.

If you are between 50 and 75, however, you should get routinely checked for colon cancer, which could involve a stool test every year or a colonoscopy every 10 years.

Prostate Cancer Screening


Most men should undergo prostate cancer screening when they reach the age of 50. However, men with a family history of the disease should consider prostate cancer checks earlier in life as a precaution.

European-wide trials have shown that prostate cancer screening can reduce deaths from the disease by as much as 20%.

Testicular Examination


Examining your own testicles can identify abnormalities but the fact remains that most testicular lumps are not cancerous. However, if you do find any testicular lumps it is important to get them examined by a medical professional.

Testicular cancer treatment is much more effective when started earlier, so consult medical advice if you find anything untoward.
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