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Regular tests for men can help stop serious illnesses, diseases

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Some men will do just about anything to avoid a visit to the doctor's office.

Experts warn that there are critical health concerns that men need to take seriously.

Zach Sussman, 26, said he sees his doctor every year.

“I'm healthy but I know 50 years down the road I may not be and I want to be able to combat it,” Sussman said.

Dr. Steven Lamm, of NYU Langone Medical Center, said men need to take charge of their health from the beginning.

In their 20s and 30s, men should establish a relationship with a primary doctor and get baseline numbers for blood pressure and cholesterol, and make sure immunizations are up to date.

Testicular exams are also recommended.

“Unfortunately we know there is a higher risk of testicular cancer in your 20s and 30s,” Lamm said.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men across the United States, so in their 30s and 40s they should know the risks.

“You really want to know what your blood pressure is normal, cholesterol normal, if you are overweight, and establish a program for weight loss,” Lamm said.

When it comes to the PSA tests, guidelines recommend against routinely using the screening for prostate cancer, but some doctors recommend a baseline test at the age of 40.

When men reach age 50, it is time to start colon cancer screenings, lung cancer screenings, and is recommended at age 55 for heavy former or current smokers.

Lamm said it is critical for men to check in with their doctor to make good decisions about screenings.

“You need to personalize the testing based on the patient's personal history, family history and their own concerns,” Lamm said.

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