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Hey, guys, check out when to get a checkup

By Julie Deardorff

Chicago Tribune

Men have a well-earned reputation for tuning up their car more frequently than their bodies. But regular checkups and screenings at the appropriate age can help prevent equipment deterioration and malfunction. Though guidelines vary depending on the source, here's when to get your jalopy into the doctor's office.

Ages 18 to 39

Physical: Every three years

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Blood pressure: Annually

Tuberculosis skin test: Every five years

Blood tests and urinalysis: Every three years (testing for cholesterol, diabetes, kidney and thyroid dysfunction)

Electrocardiogram (EKG): At age 30

Tetanus booster: Every 10 years

Rectal exam: Annually

Testicular, skin, oral and breast self-exams: Every month

Skin health: Monthly mole self-exam beginning at age 20; then see a doctor every three years

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Oral health: One to two dental exams a year.

Hearing test: Beginning at age 18; then every 10 years

Eye exam: When experiencing problems or visual changes

Ages 40 to 49

Physical: Every two years

Blood pressure: Every year

Tuberculosis skin test: Every five years

Blood tests and urinalysis: Every two years (cholesterol, diabetes, kidney and thyroid dysfunction)

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Electrocardiogram (EKG): Every four years

Rectal exam: Annually

Prostate exam: PSA blood test starting at age 45 if you're African-American or a father or brother was diagnosed before age 65, according to the American Cancer Society. Men at even higher risk, due to multiple first-degree relatives affected at an early age, could begin testing at age 40.

Testicular self-exam: Every month

Skin health: Monthly mole self-exam; see a doctor every year

Oral health: See the dentist once or twice a year

Hearing test: Every 10 years

Eye exam: Every two to four years

Ages 50 on up

Physical: Annually

Blood pressure: Annually

Tuberculosis skin test: Annually

Blood tests and urinalysis: Annually (cholesterol, diabetes, kidney and thyroid dysfunction)

Electrocardiogram (EKG): Every three years

Rectal exam: Annually

Tetanus booster: Every 10 years

Prostate exam: Annually (PSA blood test and digital rectal examination, according to the American Cancer Society. The American Academy of Family Physicians disagrees.)

Testicular, skin, oral and breast self-exams: Every month

Skin health: Monthly mole self-exam; see a doctor every year

Oral health: See the dentist once or twice a year

Bone health: Screening at age 60

Hearing test: Every three years

Eye exam: Every two to four years

Colon and rectal exams: Starting at age 50, the American Cancer Society (and AAFP) suggests following one of five schedules: Yearly fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or fecal immunochemical test (FIT); flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years; yearly FOBT or FIT, plus flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years; double-contrast barium enema every five years; colonoscopy every 10 years. All positive tests should be followed up with colonoscopy.

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