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FOR RELEASE: July 15, 2006
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Health Care Officials Promote Need for Tests To Help Improve Men’s Health

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is celebrating the month of June as a time to educate men about their health and how to take simple steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life. During this month, men are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their health care provider for a routine checkup.

“Women can help the men in their lives by simply encouraging them to schedule an appointment with their medical provider or making the appointment for them. How long ago was their last check-up and are they aware of their physical health?” asked OSDH Chief of Chronic Disease Service Adeline Yerkes.

Yerkes offered these facts:

  • On average, men have a shorter life expectancy than women.
  • More than 50 percent of all deaths occurring in men could be prevented.
  • More than 50 percent of the older widows now living in poverty were not living in poverty before the death of their spouse.

Public health officials suggest that by following the recommended testing schedules below, men can improve their opportunities for good health.

Ages 20 to 39 Years:

  • Complete physical examination at least every 2 to 3 years
  • Blood pressure measurement every 2 to 3 years
  • Dental examination at least 2 times a year
  • Skin and mole exam and repeat every 3 years
  • Tetanus booster every 10 years
  • Conduct self-exam of the testicles
  • Be screened for sexually transmitted diseases if sexually active and if you consider yourself at risk

Starting at Age 35:

  • Have a baseline cholesterol test and have repeated every 5 years

Ages 40 to 49 Years:

  • Complete physical examination at least every 2 to 3 years or discuss frequency with your health care provider
  • Discuss appropriate blood tests or other screening tests with your health care provider
  • Blood pressure measurement every 2 to 3 years
  • Dental examination at least 2 times a year
  • Skin and mole exam and repeat every 3 years
  • Cholesterol test every 5 years
  • Tetanus booster every 10 years
  • Eye examination and repeat every 2 to 4 years

Starting at Age 45:

  • Diabetes glucose test and repeat every 3 years

50 years and Older:

  • Complete physical examination at least every 2 years or discuss frequency with your health care provider
  • Blood pressure measurement every 2 years
  • Cholesterol test every 5 years
  • Baseline prostate cancer screening tests (rectal exam and PSA) and repeat at least every year
  • Diabetes glucose test and repeat every 3 years
  • Dental examination at least 2 times a year
  • Skin and mole exam and repeat every 3 years
  • Eye examination and repeat every 2 to 4 years
  • Annual fecal occult blood test
  • Have a double contrast barium enema, colonoscopy or a flexible sigmoidoscopy and then repeat at least every 10 years
  • Hearing examination should be discussed with your health care provider

For more information about basic health care and disease prevention, contact the county health department in your area.

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