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3 Important Cancer Screenings Men Should Get & When

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June is Men’s Health Month and The Oncology Institute wants to remind you to get screened for cancer regularly. You may have many questions about screenings. Read on to learn more about screenings for 3 different types of cancer.


Lung cancer screenings have been found to decrease the risk of death by 20%.1 Get screened annually if one or more of the following applies to you:

  • Are between 50 and 80
  • Have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history (pack-year is 1 pack of cigarettes per day per year
  • Currently smoke or quit smoking in the last 15 years


When to get screened for colon & rectal cancer and how often depends on your age according to the American Cancer Society.2

  • If you’re in good health and between the ages of 45 and 75, get screened annually
  • If you’re between the ages of 76 and 85, talk to your doctor about your options
  • If you’re 85+, you should no longer get screened


Prostate cancer screenings are best determined by the individual and their physician.3 Consult with your doctor about screening for prostate cancer if one or more of the following applies to you:

  • Are between the ages of 55 and 69
  • Have a family history of prostate cancer
  • Are African-American
  • Have other medical conditions that may make it difficult for you to be treated for prostate cancer

As always, consult with your physician to help determine which screenings are right for you based on your personal health history.

  1. https://www.verywellhealth.com/top-cancers-causing-death-in-men-2248874
  2. https://cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/american-cancer-society-guidelines-for-the-early-detection-of-cancer.html
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/prostate/basic_info/get-screened.htm
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