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 or call 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night.