Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
Font Size

Routine Tests for Men

A schedule for checkups and tests that will keep a man's body in good running order.
By
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

When it comes to cars, you know when to change the oil, rotate the tires, and have the front end aligned. But you may not be as diligent about caring for your body as you are about your car.

The body needs routine maintenance, no matter how many miles you have on it. Some men never get that care, and end up breaking down on the road, so to speak. For many that's because they have no dealership to remind them when they're due for service.

Recommended Related to Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer: Alternative Treatment

If you're thinking about alternative therapy for prostate cancer,  learn about the types available. Remember, talk to your doctor if you are considering using an alternative treatment. This link will take you to the National Cancer Institute's web site. Thinking About Alternative Treatment for Prostate Cancer?  

Read the Prostate Cancer: Alternative Treatment article > >

"People bounce around from doctor to doctor and no one is really working with them on an ongoing basis," says Rick Kellerman, MD, president-elect of the American Family Physicians, who practices in Wichita, Kan.

"I think the No. 1 thing is probably establishing a relationship with a physician that you know, and that you trust, and that you can communicate with," he tells WebMD.

In addition to having a primary doctor, wouldn't it be nice to have a basic maintenance schedule for your health? Well, here you go.

Keep in mind that the following schedule is meant for generally healthy men. Recommendations may differ for men who have -- or once had -- significant medical problems, or have other factors that might increase risks.

Every Day

  • Fill up with good fuel.

The National Institutes of Health encourages men to eat 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

Like your car, your body needs quality fuel to keep it running smoothly. Fruits and vegetables should make up a large part of your diet. Fatty foods, which leave deposits in your arteries like dirty gasoline leaves deposits in your engine, should make up only a small part of it.

  • Rev your motor.

    Ideally, you should exercise every day. The CDC and the American College of Sports Medicine jointly recommend 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (for example, a brisk walk that increases your heart rate and breathing) on most days of the week.

  • Clean your grille.

    Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. Good oral hygiene prevents tooth decay and gum disease, which can be painful, unattractive, and expensive to treat.

  • Protect yourself.

    Use condoms. Condoms are used for birth control and to help reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Monthly

  • Testicular self-exam

A conscientious car owner examines belts and hoses every month. He should also check his testicles that often.

A self-examA self-exam is simple and quick. Gently roll each testicle between your thumb and fingers, feeling for any abnormal lumps. If you do feel a lump, talk to your doctor without delay.

  • Skin self-exam

    Rust spots on your vehicle's exterior should be fixed before they spread. Likewise, you should keep a close watch on your skin for moles that could be cancerous. Take a moment once a month to examine your whole body, using a mirror to see your back. A suspicious mole is one that is asymmetrical, has an irregular border, uneven color, is larger than a pencil eraser, or seems to be changing in size, shape, or color.

Today on WebMD

Prostate Cancer Overview
SLIDESHOW
what is your cancer risk
HEALTH CHECK
 
Prostate Exam
VIDEO
Prostate Nerve Transplant
VIDEO
 
cancer fighting foods
SLIDESHOW
15 Cancer Symptoms Men Ignore
FEATURE
 
Prostate Enlarged
VIDEO
Picture Of The Prostate
ANATOMY
 
Prostate Cancer Quiz
QUIZ
screening tests for men
SLIDESHOW
 
Prostate Cancer Symptoms
VIDEO
Vitamin D
SLIDESHOW