According to Harvard Health, nearly one-fifth of men aged 55 and above said they had never undergone health checkups for colon cancer, and almost 30 percent ‘wait as long as possible’ to seek medical attention when they are feeling sick or in pain.

This is both risky and alarming. Men are less likely to go for annual health checkups and screenings, that too especially after they turn 50. 

There are a few health checkups recommended for men in their 50s which can help in diagnosing any anomaly early on. Colorectal screenings are recommended for men between the ages of 50 and 75 helps to identify colon cancer. Prostate cancer screening should be undertaken post a discussion with the doctor about the pros and cons of the test. Men considered at high risk for other diseases should get those diseases tested at appropriate intervals.