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.


American Cancer Society Stands by Its Screening Guidelines; Women Encouraged to Continue Getting Mammograms

ATLANTA 2009/10/21 -“Today’s New York Times article ‘In Shift, Cancer Society Has Concerns on Screening’ indicates that the American Cancer Society is changing its guidance on cancer screening to emphasize the risk of overtreatment from screening for breast, prostate, and other cancers.

“While the advantages of screening for some cancers have been overstated, there are advantages, especially in the case of breast, colon and cervical cancers. Mammography is effective – mammograms work and women should continue get them. Seven clinical trials tell us that screening with mammography and clinical breast exam do reduce risk of breast cancer death. This test is beneficial in that it saves lives, but it is not perfect. It can miss cancers that need treatment, and in some cases finds disease that does not need treatment. Understanding these limitations will help researchers develop better screening tests. The American Cancer Society stands by its recommendation that women age 40 and over should receive annual mammography, and women at high risk should talk with their doctors about when screening should begin based on their family history.

“The bottom line is that mammography has helped avert deaths from breast cancer, and we can make more progress against the disease if more women age 40 and older get an annual mammogram.

“Since 1997 the American Cancer Society has recommended that men talk to their doctor and make an informed decision about whether or not prostate cancer early detection testing is right for them. This recommendation also still stands.

“Cancer is a very complex and complicated disease. The American Cancer Society makes evidence-based cancer screening recommendations, and strives to provide clear messages about cancer screening to patients and doctors. Our guidelines are constantly under review to evaluate them as new evidence becomes available. Simple messages are not always possible, and over-simplifying them can in fact do a disservice to the very people we serve.”

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at  1-800-227-2345  1-800-227-2345 or visit