You may be fretting over middle age once you’ve reached 40, but with more knowledge regarding how to live a long and healthy life available than ever before, chances are good that your 40s and beyond are going to be your best years yet. Just because 40’s like the new 30 doesn’t mean you can totally ignore the doctor, however. And there are certain health screening tests that men need to pay attention to once they’ve surpassed a certain age.
These are the health screening tests you need to ask your doctor about if you’re a man who’s 40 or beyond. Trust us — it could be life-saving.
1. Colon cancer
Age to get screened: 45
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women in the U.S., according to WebMD. And that’s why it’s vital to get tested for the disease once you hit 45, as most cases occur in those over 50. For men, you have a one in 22 chance of developing it in your lifetime.
There are certain lifestyle factors that increase your risk, too, so do your best to limit them. Eating a diet high in unhealthy fats, smoking, being obese, drinking more than two alcoholic beverages per day, and having diabetes can all contribute to colon cancer risk.
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