PSA test every year to check for prostate cancer.
Age 76 and older
If you’re aged 76 to 85, your doctor can help you decide if you should continue screening. MD Anderson does not recommend cancer screening for men aged 85 and older.
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Testicular cancers can occur between the ages of 15 and 45. Therefore all men should examine their testicles regularly to gain familiarity with their normal look and feel. If at any point you notice changes, they should be reported to your healthcare provider for further testing.
Speak with your doctor about cancer screening exams for lung and skin cancers. Exams are available for those at increased risk.
Lung cancer screenings aren’t typically recommended for men that have an average risk.
However, those who are at high risk due to cigarette smoking might consider screening if they meet the following:
- 50 to 80 years of age and in fairly good health.
- Currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
- Have at least a 20-pack-year smoking history (A pack-year is the number of cigarette packs smoked each day multiplied by the number of years a person has smoked. Someone who smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for 20 years has a 20-pack-year smoking history, as does someone who smoked 2 packs a day for 10 years).
- Have gone through smoking cessation counseling if they are current smokers.
Screening is done with a yearly low-dose CT scan (LDCT) of the chest. If you fit the list above, consult with your provider about whether you should start screening.
Although Black men are less likely to develop skin cancer, dark-skinned people can develop skin cancers, most often in areas that are not exposed to the sun (on the soles of the feet, under nails, and genitals), so it is best to protect yourself and take measures to detect skin cancer early. Check out this guide from the American Academy of Dermatology Association for tips on how to perform a skin self-exam.
Regardless of your age, practice awareness. This means you should be familiar with your body so you’ll notice changes and report them to your doctor without delay.
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