Adam Levine, the lead singer for Maroon 5, posed nearly nude for Cosmo’s February edition to draw attention to prostate and testicular cancer checkups. The article below is not from the Cosmo edition, but the photos are from there. The article below is from the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
If you are under 40, enjoy the view and go on with life. If you are over 40, enjoy the view and then read the actual article. Yes, I said read the article. See your doctor if and ask about screenings for prostate and testicular cancer.
When to Start—and Stop—Screening
When to start screening is generally based on individual risk, with age 40 being a reasonable time to start screening for those at highest risk (genetic predispositions or strong family histories of prostate cancer at a young age).
For otherwise healthy men at high risk (positive family history or African American men), starting at age 40-45 is reasonable.
Guidelines differ for men at average risk. Some recommend an initial PSA and DRE at age 40, and others recommend starting at age 50. In general, all men should create a proactive prostate health plan that is right for them based on their lifestyle and family history.
When to stop screening is also controversial. Some groups propose 75 as a reasonable cut-off age. Other groups suggest this is an individual decision based on life expectancy and overall current health.
You can find a useful resource for making these decisions at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site.