Men’s Cancer Screening
The providers at FHPIM follow the guidelines provided by the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventative Task Force. We strongly recommend men schedule an annual exam to evaluate and discuss their risk and screening with our office. During your annual exam, we will focus on health counseling for prevention and tests for early detection of cancers.
- Stay away from tobacco.
- Stay at a healthy weight.
- Get moving with regular physical activity.
- Eat healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Limit how much alcohol you drink (if you drink at all).
- Protect your skin.
- Know yourself, your family history, and your risks.
- Have regular check-ups and cancer screening tests.
There has been a lot of controversy in medical recommendations for or against prostate screening in men. We believe that starting at age 50, men should talk to our providers about the pros and cons of testing so they can decide if testing is the right choice for them. If they are African American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, men should have this talk with a doctor starting at age 45. If men decide to be tested, they should have the PSA blood test with or without a rectal exam. How often they are tested will depend on their PSA level and age of the patient.
Recent studies suggest that in high risk patients a low dose CT of the chest may help in early detection of lung cancers. If you meet all of the following criteria then you might be a candidate for screening:
- 55 to 74 years of age
- Have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history AND are either still smoking or have quit smoking within the last 15 years
Beginning at age 50, both men and women should have a colonoscopy.