Men’s Health Checks

In your younger years

Regular sexual health checks – STI urine/blood tests organised by GP if you are having regular sexual intercourse
A blood pressure check every two years if your BP is normal
A testicular self-check is especially important in your 20s and 30s as testicular cancer is the second most common type of cancer in young men aged 18-39
Consider speaking to your GP if you have a strong family history of disease or are of ATSI background to begin early screening
Due to our carefree, outdoor, Australian lifestyle, getting regular skin checks is a must. This can be done by your GP or a specialist, and any irregular or new moles or spots should be a priority

40+ years

Use a Type 2 diabetes risk analysis tool called AUSDRISK – this is usually prompted by your GP however you can access an online version using the Diabetes Australia website
A yearly blood pressure check is required if your BP is normal and you don’t have a strong family history
A blood cholesterol check is required every five years if you are at low risk for heart disease, or every year from the age of 40 if you are at high risk (or age 35 if you are ATSI)
Your doctor should check your waist circumference and BMI (body mass index) annually if normal
Make sure you get an eye check for glaucoma

50+ years

To stay ahead of bowel cancer development, head in for a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) every two years (you will receive a letter in the mail from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program to assess your risk of bowel cancer)
Ensure that you are getting a bone density scan to determine your risk of developing osteoporosis and other bone conditions
Prostate issues are common in men aged over 50, however there are varying methods used to screen for prostate issues, including physical examinations and blood tests. Your GP can talk through the options and help you land on an option that works for you