Staying healthy in your peak earning years

As a baby boomer, you're probably making the best money of your career with little time for your health. But as you get older, your well-being gets more valuable. Money Magazine offers a few tips on how to take care of your aging self.

Keep tabs on your colon
A health guide for boomers
Keep tabs on your colon
Simply put - your chance of developing many cancers increases with age. The reasons vary and aren't fully understood, but they may include the growing number of years you've been exposed to toxins.

To detect colon cancer early, get a fecal occult blood test every year starting at age 50. If your family has a history of colon cancer, start 10 years earlier than your relatives' age when diagnosed.

The American Medical Association recommends a sigmoidoscopy, or an exam of the lower colon, every five years after age 50. The cost: $250.

Get a full colonoscopy every 10 years. The cost:$1,000

Four rules

Doctor visits

Your colon

Blood sugar

Depression

Weigh in

Heart health

Prostate cancer

Aorta check

Breast cancer

Osteoporosis
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