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Men should have regular health check ups, they can help you stay healthy and you can use the appointment to talk about any concerns so that your GP can pick up early warning signs of disease or illness. Screening tests may help your doctor to detect diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers in their early stages. If you are at high risk of a particular disease, get tested for that disease regularly regardless of your age.

At your health check your doctor will discuss your medical history, your family’s history of disease and your lifestyle. He or she will also talk to you about your diet, your weight, how much you exercise and whether you smoke or drink.

If you have high risk factors, it may be more likely that you will develop a particular disease. Regular check-ups may help your doctor pick up early warning signs. For example, high blood pressure may be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease.

Book an appointment with a GP at Westridge Medical for a Men’s Health Check.


Make health checks and keeping well part of your regular routine. A few things you can do at home include: 

  • Skin Checks – check your skin regularly for unusual moles or freckles and look for any changes in the colour, size or shape of any spots. See your doctor if you notice anything unusual. 
  • Dental Care – reduce your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss by cleaning your teeth regularly and eating a low-sugar diet. Visit the dentist at least once a year for a dental examination and a clean.
  • testicular self-examination – from puberty onwards, check your testicles regularly for unusual thickenings or lumps. See your doctor if you are concerned.


If you have certain risk factors for heart disease you may need these regular checks:

  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • Blood Tests – to check cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels
  • Obesity Tests – being overweight is a significant risk factor for many health conditions including heart disease and diabetes. Your doctor can check your body mass index and weight measurements.
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) – this painless non invasive  medical test measures the electrical activity generated by the heart as it contracts. If you are over 50 years of age your doctor may recommend an ECG  every 5 years. Tell your doctor if you have an irregular heart beat.


Depending on your risk level, you may need to be tested annually or once every three years. Be advised by your doctor. Your doctor may recommend that you be tested for type 2 diabetes if you have any of the following type 2 diabetes risk factors: 

  • Pre-diabetes 
  • Family History of Diabetes 
  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Pacific Islander, Maori, Asian, Middle Eastern, North African or Southern European background
  • Aged 45 and over and obese or overweight, with high blood pressure or have a first-degree relative with type 2 diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Aged 55 or over
  • On antipsychotic medication or corticosteroid medication
  • Overweight or obese
  • Sedentary lifestyle – low levels of physical activity
  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Cigarette smoking.


Discuss the pros and cons of having a test for prostate cancer with your doctor. If you’re between the ages of 50 and 70, a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test may be appropriate depending on:
  • Your general health
  • Your level of concern
  • Any symptoms you have
  • Any risk factors (such as a family history).

If the PSA test result is high it may lead to other tests.


Up to 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if they are detected early:

  • Ages 50-74 years – even if you don’t have symptoms a screening is recommended to detect cancer early
  • National Bowel Cancer Screening – offers all 50 to 74 year olds free testing every two years (you will receive a notification by mail)
  • Screening Test – this test is called the Faecal Occolt Blood Test (FOBT), it uses chemicals to check a stool sample for blood, which may be a sign of bowel cancer.
  • High Risk – If you are at high risk of bowel cancer you may need a colonoscopy every five years to check for any abnormalities in the rectum or bowel.


Eyesight tends to deteriorate with age. Serious eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration are more common with age, so it’s recommended that men older than 60 years have an eye exam every year.

Men aged 60 years and younger who wear prescription glasses or contact lenses are recommended to have your eyes tested every year. If you don’t wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, you only need to have an eye test every two years. See your doctor or optometrist (eye care specialist) for more information.

You might need to be tested more often if you have certain risk factors, such as:

  • Family History of eye disease
  • Personal History of eye disease or injury
  • Certain Medical Conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Taking Certain Medicines
  • Smoking.



A bone density test can help to determine the health of your bones. If you are over 60, consider having a bone density test. Be advised by your doctor. Bone density testing is most often used when people have: 

  • Previously diagnosed osteoporosis
  • Osteopaenia (decreased bone density) 
  • a History of long-term use of corticosteroid medication
  • Poor nutrition
  • Inadequate amounts of dietary calcium
  • Low vitamin D levels
  • Alcohol intake of more than two standard drinks per day
  • Caffeine intake of more than three cups of coffee or equivalent per day
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Chronic kidney or liver disease
  • Thyroid disease or an overactive thyroid gland
  • Chronic bone pain particularly spinal pain
  • a Previous fracture.



Your health check-up may include discussion about other health concerns, such as: 

  • any Unusual Symptoms you are having
  • your Immunisation Status
  • Alcohol and Drug issues
  • Mental Health Concerns such as Depression or Anxiety
  • Erectile Dysfunction or other Sexual Problems
  • Sexual Health and Sexually Transmissible Infections
  • Reproductive Health, including Preconception Health
  • Injuries
  • Relationship Problems.