24 Medical Tests Every Man Should Have and When

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Most chronic conditions have symptoms. They may be mild and vague but they often appear. Sometimes, however, a disease is silent and shows no signs until it’s reached an advanced stage. This is why health organizations recommend screening tests — to look for an illness, even before any signs appear so it’s caught early enough to treat successfully.

Men have a shorter life expectancy than women, and in addition to the hormonal and genetic differences that might help explain this variation, another possible explanation is cultural conditioning. Men are more likely to simply “man up” and see a doctor only when they are pressured by a loved one or when their condition has significantly worsened.

24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of examinations men should have and when, using sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the National Cancer Institute.

While anyone can develop medical issues like cancer or heart disease, men are much more likely to face these and other life-threatening illnesses — these are 12 health problems that afflict more men than women.