Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, regardless of age or ethnicity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So for Fatherâ€™s Day this year, which is Sunday, why not encourage the men in your life to get tested?
â€œProstate cancer screening means looking for cancer before it causes symptoms. This helps to find cancer at an early stage when it may be easier to treat,â€ according to the CDC website.
One such test is called the PSA test. And itâ€™s as simple as drawing blood. TRICARE covers prostate screening tests for men who are:
- older than 50
- older than 40 and have had a vasectomy
- ages 40 to 49 with a family history of prostate cancer
In addition to prostate cancer screenings, men should receive these remaining top six tests to stay at optimal health:
1)â€‚Cholesterol, every five years, and yearly starting at age 35
2)â€‚Blood sugar level, every three years
3)â€‚Colon cancer screening, starting at age 50; colonoscopies are recommended once every 10 years
4)â€‚Blood pressure, every year
5)â€‚Digital rectal exam, starting at age 50
6)â€‚Skin cancer screening, every three years, ages 20-40, and every year for those older than 40
For more tips on screening recommendations, visit TriWest.com/Healthy Living and visit the screening guide under â€œHealth and Wellness.â€