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vibrant after 50 / 202 seniors / “Prostate cancer is the most common form of non-skin cancer in America – and rampant among senior-age men.” Chen at Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists, new screening guidelines recommend mammograms as early as age 40 for all women, even those with no history of the disease in their families. This is an update from the former age of 50 to begin such tests. But, says Dr. Chen, a stunning number of women often don’t begin getting regular mammograms until retirement – or after. Prostate Screenings Prostate cancer is the most common form of nonskin cancer in America – and rampant among seniorage men. According to Dr. Maggass of Arizona Radiation Oncology Specialists, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, with likelihood increasing with age.  “Without a doubt, the best chance for a positive outcome, including early diagnosis and less-invasive it is rare, making it imperative for seniors to take the initiative to be tested.” Collins adds that advancements in technology and services in recent years have provided the ability to live a completely full and productive life if one is experiencing hearing loss – and catches it early. Vision Screenings While these are recommended as early as age 30 and repeated about every five year, it is imperative to begin a relationship with an optometrist or ophthalmologist as diabetes-released eye diseases as well as glaucoma and cataracts are common issues among seniors. For more information on general health screenings, please visit cdc.gov. “Early diagnosis of colorectal cancer can ensure a 100% cure.” treatment, is a regular screening starting at age 50,” said Dr. Maggass. “The best bet – getting a prostatespecific antigen as well as a digital rectal exam, which sounds bad but is much more comfortable than cancer. Colonoscopies “As Katie Couric has taught us, both men and women should get their first colonoscopy by age 50, and should repeat the process as doctors request, usually once every five to 10 years,” said Dr. Columbe. Early diagnosis of colorectal cancer can ensure a 100% cure. Hearing Screenings “Aside from continuous exposure to loud noise, age is the most common cause of hearing loss,” said Sherri Collins of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. “Physicians can test for hearing loss in a general health assessment, but 202magazine.com / JULY 2012 / 202 MAGAZINE (((0