Caring for Men: 50s

 

Preventive Care
Preventive care helps keep you healthy and identify problems early, when they’re easier to treat. A typical preventative care exam – often referred to as a physical or well visit – includes:

  • Physical exam, including height, weight and BMI
  • Blood pressure check; every two years if less than 120/80 mm Hg; every year if 120–139/80–89 mm Hg
  • Cholesterol and triglyceride: every five years
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and prostate exam: talk to your doctor about your risk and if screening is right for you
  • Colon cancer screening:
    • Begin at age 50; earlier if you are African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native
    • Begin between ages 40 to 50 if you have a parent or sibling with colon cancer, or have an adenomatous colon polyp before age 60
  • Immunizations:
    • Influenza: every year
    • Tetanus, diphtheria, pertusis (Td/Tdap): Tdap once, then Td every 10 years
    • Varicella (chickenpox): two doses if not had before and not immune to chickenpox

Heart care
Our experts use a team-based approach to care for your entire cardiovascular system. From preventive care (heart health evaluations and calcium scores) to acute care (angioplasty and cardiac surgery), we offer personalized solutions for you and your heart.

Your 50s can be a stressful decade between work responsibilities and family life. Take steps to reduce your stress, lose extra pounds and get your heart health under control. If your top blood pressure number is consistently over 140, talk to your doctor.

Colon cancer screenings
Colon cancer is the third-most common cancer in men in the U.S.; one in 20 will be diagnosed during their lives. Many cases can be prevented or effectively treated when caught early. American Cancer Society recommends men begin screenings at age 50.