Health Checklist for Men

Track your health with a checklist. Prevention and early detection is important, so make sure you check up with your doctor!

Screening Test Recommended By Age and Frequency The Facts
Blood Pressure Public Health Agency of Canada and Hypertension Canada, 2011

All adults should talk to their doctor about their blood pressure.

How often you get checked depends on your age and risk factors.

Optimal range: 120/80 or lower

High range: 140/90 or higher

Range for people with diabetes: Less than 130/80

Cholesterol The College of Family Physicians in Canada, 2007

If you are 20 years and older, ask your family doctor if your cholesterol should be checked.

Screening starts at age 40 if you have no risk factors.

How often you get checked depends on your age, family history and heart disease risk factors. Talk with your doctor.

Optimal Range:

• Total Cholesterol (LDL+HDL) = less than 6.0 mmol/L
• LDL cholesterol level = less than 3.0mmol/L is best
• HDL cholesterol level = greater than 1.0 mmol/L

For people with diabetes:

• LDL should be less than 2.0mmol/L

Screening Test Recommended By Age and Frequency The Facts
Blood Glucose Test The Canadian Diabetes Association, 2008

Screening for diabetes using a fasting blood glucose test should be performed every 3 years in men 40 years and older.

Men with risk factors for diabetes should consider more frequent and/or earlier testing.

Optimal Range:

A fasting blood test is the most accurate measure of blood glucose. A fasting test can be done only if you've had no food to eat in the last 8 hours.

• Normal fasting glucose level = 4.0-6.0 mmol/L

• Impaired fasting glucose level = 6.0-7.0 mmol/L

• Diabetic fasting glucose level = 7.0 mmol/L or higher

Screening Test Recommended By Age and Frequency The Facts

Colorectal Cancer:

1. Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)

2. Colonoscopy

ColonCancerCheck Program

Men 50 years and older should have a Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) every 2 years.

If you have a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors, talk with your doctor about a colonoscopy.

Get a free FOBT kit from your family doctor or health care provider OR if you don't have a family doctor, you can get a kit by contacting:

• INFOline at 1-866-410-5853
• Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-828-9213
• Your local pharmacist

Skin Cancer Canadian Dermatology Association Check your skin once a month. Talk to your doctor if you notice any changes in moles or on your skin.

Practice sun safety:

• Wear a hat, sunglasses, and a long sleeve shirt or pants when the sun's rays are at their strongest.

• Apply a 15 SPF or higher sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going outside.

• Seek shade or limit outdoor activity when the sun's rays are at their strongest, between 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Prostate Cancer

1. PSA Test
2. DRE Test

Cancer Care Ontario

Men 50 years and older should talk to their family doctor or health care provider about the risks and benefits of screening for prostate cancer with the PSA test (prostate specific antigen test) and DRE (digital rectal examination).

The decision to be screened for prostate cancer should be made by you and your doctor.

Testicular Cancer Cancer Care Ontario and the Canadian Cancer Society

All men should be aware of how their testicles normally look and feel. Testicles should be soft and round.

Report any abnormal changes to your health care provider.


Need More Information?

Call the Canadian Cancer Society
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Speak with a Registered Nurse at Telehealth Ontario
TTY 1-866-797-0007
24 Hours a day, 7 days a Week

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