Men and women are both at risk for developing cancer, but statistics show that men are more likely to be diagnosed with, and even die from, cancer. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in men, closely followed by prostate, colorectal, and lung cancers. These cancers typically take years to develop, and even though physical symptoms of these cancers may also take years to present themselves, regular screenings detect dangerous changes in the body, which in turn, may save your life or the life of someone you love!
Cancer Screenings for Men
Caution! It may be time for a checkup.
In addition to “sticking to the basics” of a healthy lifestyle, the other most important thing you can do for your overall health – and cancer prevention - is getting the screening tests that are right for you. A screening plan is developed based on your age, sex, race, and family history – all of which carry influence in your risk of cancer and other illnesses. Review the CheckUp and Screening Guidelines for Men & Women for more information, schedule a visit with your doctor to determine how unchanging variables impact your risk, and create a personalized physical and screening schedule. Visiting a doctor when you feel ill or “off” can be helpful, but it can also put you behind in a treatment or management plan. Regular screenings provide insight as to how your body changes over time – whether the changes are for the better or not.
With that said, however, cancer prevention, risk, and even diagnosis are also up to your own personal awareness – not just a screening! As you evaluate your habits, family history, and goals, here is a reminder from the American Cancer Society of how you can take… CAUTION:
C – Change in bowel or bladder habits
A – A sore that does not heal
U – Unusual bleeding or discharge
T – Thickening or lump in various tissues
I – Indigestion
O – Obvious change to warts or moles
N – Nagging cough
Contact your doctor with any changes or concerns!
For basic cancer prevention tips (and overall healthy lifestyle tips), visit “Cancer…” to learn how your daily food, sleep, physical activity, smoking, alcohol consumption, and stress management habits correlate with your risk. Also consider the specific risks for men and their development of common sex-specific cancers by visiting the American Cancer Society’s report on Cancer Facts for Men.