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Prevention Guidelines, Men Ages 50 to 64

Screening tests and vaccines are an important part of managing your health. Health counseling is essential, too. Below are guidelines for these, for men ages 50 to 64. Talk with your healthcare provider to make sure you’re up-to-date on what you need.

Screening

Who needs it

How often

Alcohol misuse

All men in this age group

At routine exams

Blood pressure

All men in this age group

Every 2 years if your blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg; yearly if your systolic blood pressure is 120 to 139 mm Hg, or your diastolic blood pressure reading is 80 to 89 mm Hg

Colorectal cancer

All men in this age group

Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or colonoscopy every 10 years, or double-contrast barium enema every 5 years; yearly fecal occult blood test or fecal immunochemical test; or a stool DNA test as often as your healthcare provider advises; talk with your healthcare provider about which tests are best for you

Depression

All men in this age group

At routine exams

Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes

All adults beginning at age 45 and adults without symptoms at any age who are overweight or obese and have 1 or more other risk factors for diabetes

At least every 3 years (yearly if your blood sugar has already begun to rise)

Hepatitis C

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your healthcare provider

At routine exams. All men ages 50 to 70 should be tested at least once for hepatitis C.

High cholesterol or triglycerides

All men in this age group

At least every 5 years

HIV

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your healthcare provider

At routine exams

Lung cancer

Adults age 55 to 80 who have smoked

Yearly screening in smokers with 30 pack-year history of smoking or who quit within 15 years

Obesity

All men in this age group

At routine exams

Prostate cancer

Starting at age 45, talk to healthcare provider about risks and benefits of digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening1

At routine exams

Syphilis

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your healthcare provider

At routine exams

Tuberculosis

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your healthcare provider

Ask your healthcare provider

Vision

All men in this age group

Ask your healthcare provider

Vaccine

Who needs it

How often

Chickenpox (varicella)

All men in this age group who have no record of this infection or vaccine

2 doses; second dose should be given at least 4 weeks after the first dose

Hepatitis A

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your healthcare provider

2 doses given at least 6 months apart

Hepatitis B

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your healthcare provider

3 doses over 6 months; second dose should be given 1 month after the first dose; the third dose should be given at least 2 months after the second dose and at least 4 months after the first dose

Haemophilus influenzae Type B (HIB)

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your healthcare provider

1 to 3 doses

Influenza (flu)

All men in this age group

Once a year

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

Men in this age group through their late 50s who have no record of these infections or vaccines

1 or 2 doses; ask your healthcare provider

Meningococcal

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your healthcare provider

1 or more doses

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23)

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your healthcare provider

PCV13: 1 dose ages 19 to 65 (protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria)

 

PPSV23: 1 to 2 doses through age 64, or 1 dose at 65 or older (protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria)

 

Tetanus/diphtheria/
pertussis (Td/Tdap) booster

All men in this age group

Td every 10 years, or a one-time dose of Tdap instead of a Td booster after age 18, then Td every 10 years

Zoster

All men ages 60 and older

1 dose

Counseling

Who needs it

How often

Diet and exercise

Men who are overweight or obese

When diagnosed, and then at routine exams

Sexually transmitted infection prevention

Men at increased risk for infection – talk with your healthcare provider

At routine exams

Use of daily aspirin

Men in this age group at risk for cardiovascular health problems

At routine exams

Use of tobacco and the health effects it can cause

All men in this age group

Every visit

1National Comprehensive Cancer Network

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