Establishing with a primary care doctor can help you keep your health on track. Your doctor can help monitor your weight, blood pressure, and the level of cholesterol in your blood. Screenings vary based on your age, so it’s important to have a conversation with your doctor about your specific needs. Here’s a list of 6 things you should speak with your doctor about.

Colorectal Cancer | It’s the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths in men, and men have a slightly higher risk than women, according to the American Cancer Society. Start talking to your doctor about screening at age 45, or sooner if you’re at higher risk because of family history or other factors.

Prostate Cancer | It’s important for men to make an informed decision with their healthcare provider about prostate cancer-screening tests. Start talking to your doctor about what’s best for you at age 50 if you’re at average risk, or as early as 40 if you have a strong family history.

Skin Cancer | Depending on age, men are about twice as likely than women to die from melanoma — the most serious type of skin cancer. Do regular self-exams and make a skin exam by your doctor part of your routine checkup.

High Blood Pressure | The risk increases with age and is also affected by weight and lifestyle. How often yours should be checked depends on how high it is, so talk to your doctor about what is best for you.

Cholesterol | All men should get regular cholesterol tests starting at around age 35, or earlier if you’re at higher risk.

Type 2 Diabetes | In general, men should be tested every three years starting at age 45, or sooner and more frequently if you’re at high risk.

If you need a primary care doctor, QMG can help. You can call our Primary Care Access Line at (217) 222-6550, ext. 3325 or visit