American Cancer Society Encourages Men to Get the Facts About Cancer

This Father’s Day, the American Cancer Society reminds men of the importance of cancer awareness. Colon, lung, and skin cancers can be prevented, and men should be informed of the risks related to prostate cancer screening.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for men. Smoking is the cause of more than 80 percent of all lung cancers and more than 30 percent of all cancers. The health benefits of quitting are immediate, even for long-term smokers.

Colon cancer is the third most deadly cancer for men, and it is highly preventable through screening where pre-cancerous polyps can be removed before becoming cancerous. The American Cancer Society recommends that men and women age 50 and older be screened for colon cancer. While colon cancer deaths have been decreasing over the past two decades due to increased screening rates, still about 50 percent of people over the age of 50 do not seek screening.

Skin cancers are the most commonly diagnosed cancer. While most skin cancers are easily treated, melanoma can be serious. Sun exposure is a factor in most skin cancers and men are encouraged to avoid damage to the skin such as tanning and sunburns. Many of the more than two million skin cancers that are diagnosed every year could be prevented by protecting the skin from intense sun exposure and by avoiding indoor tanning.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men (besides skin cancer) and most occurs in men over the age of 65. Having one or more close relatives with prostate cancer increases a man’s risk of having it. For reasons still unknown, African American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer. Because most prostate cancers are slow-growing and the treatment for the disease can be risky, the American Cancer Society recommends that men age 50 and older make an informed decision with their doctor about whether or not to be tested for the disease. African-American men, or men with a family history of prostate cancer, should receive this information at age 45. Men should not be tested without learning about the risks associated with testing and treatment.

This Father’s Day, the American Cancer Society encourages men to get the facts about cancer. Call 1-800-227-2345 for more information or find us on the web at: http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/FindCancerEarly/MensHealth/index

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American Cancer Society’s Guidelines For Men on How to Stay Well


ACSManSmall.jpgThis Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to remind male friends and family about the importance of talking to their doctor about cancer screenings and cancer prevention. The American Cancer Society reminds men that they can stay well and live longer, healthier lives by taking a few simple steps:

 

·         Colon cancer screening: Beginning at age 50, men should talk to their doctor about getting tested for colon cancer. If colon cancer is found in the earliest stages, the survival rate is 90 percent. Avoid colon cancer altogether by getting tested!

 

·         Prostate cancer: Beginning at age 50, men should talk to their doctors about the risks and potential benefits of prostate cancer screening to decide if it’s right for them. African American men and men who have a strong family history of prostate cancer should begin screening at age 45.

 

·         No smoking: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women. Prevent it by not smoking or using tobacco products.

 

·         Skin cancer: When detected in its earliest stages and treated properly, skin cancer is highly curable. Always use sunscreen and limit or avoid exposure to ultraviolet rays during the midday hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

·         Regular doctor visits: A routine physical is the perfect time for men to ask their doctor about other ways to remain healthy.

 

·         Physical activity: Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity five or more days a week.

 

·         Healthy diet: Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and maintain a healthy weight.

 

            For more ways to help the men in your life stay well, visit cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night.