Men are prone to certain types of cancers and should be screened regularly. Cancer screenings are designed to detect cancer in patients before they show any symptoms, giving them the greatest opportunity for a positive outcome. At Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, New York, we provide recommendations on when male patients should get screened based on age-related risk factors and other concerns. Find out more about our men’s recommended cancer screenings.
Cancer Screenings for Men
Receiving the right screening at the right time is one of the best things a man can do for his health. The tests you need are based on your age and other factors. Different types of screenings include:
- Colon cancer: This screening includes a stool-based test and a visual exam that involves evaluating the structure of the colon and rectum for any abnormalities.
- Prostate cancer: For this screening, a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is performed. It measures the level of PSA in the blood, which is a substance made by the prostate. The levels of PSA in the blood can be higher in men who have prostate cancer.
- Lung cancer: The recommended screening test for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). During an LDCT scan, X-rays are used to quickly scan the entire chest and create a detailed image of the lungs.
- Testicular cancer: Testicular exams are typically part of a man’s routine check-up. Physicians recommend that men do self-exams for lumps, bumps, or changes in the testes’ size or shape. All men should examine their testicles regularly throughout their lifetime, be familiar with their normal look and feel. Any changes should be reported to a healthcare provider for further testing.
Recommended Screenings by Age
These recommendations are for men at average risk of cancer. If you believe you may be at a higher risk due to your lifestyle or family history, speak with a physician about when cancer screenings are right for you.
- Colon cancer testing: Men at a higher risk should speak with their physician to determine when testing should begin.
- Colon cancer testing: Men at age 45 should begin testing.
- Prostate cancer testing: Men with more than one close relative who had prostate cancer before age 65 are at higher risk and should talk with a physician about testing starting at age 40.
- Colon cancer testing: All men at average risk should be tested for colon cancer.
- Lung cancer testing: Men 50 years and older should discuss their smoking history with their physician to determine whether they should be getting low-dose CT scans to screen for early lung cancer.
- Prostate cancer testing: All men aged 50 should speak with a physician about screening for prostate cancer.
Ages 65 or older
- Colon cancer testing: Men up to age 75 are recommended for testing.
- Lung cancer testing: Men with a smoking history should speak with a physician about the benefits of getting screened for lung cancer.
- Prostate cancer testing: Men who can expect to live at least 10 more years should talk with a healthcare provider about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits of testing.
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Men are susceptible to certain types of cancers and should be aware of their health concerns through regular screenings. Richmond University Medical Center provides expert oncology services to men, women, and children across Staten Island, New York. To learn more about men’s recommended cancer screening, please contact us today.