Cancer Prevention Tips for the Men in Your Life
Article date: June 7, 2013
Today, more and more people are surviving cancer, thanks to advances in treatment and to screening tests that can find cancer early, when it's most treatable. As Father's Day approaches, help the men in your life stay healthy by encouraging them to adopt healthy habits. Eating better, exercising more, and getting recommended screenings are all part of the equation.
Screening tests can find cancer early, when it's more treatable.
- Colon Cancer: Many colon cancers begin as growths called polyps. If these polyps are found through screening and removed before they turn into cancer, the disease can be stopped before it starts. Screening can also find cancer before it has had a chance to grow and spread. Start testing at age 50, or younger if people in your family had colon cancer, or if you have had colon problems in the past. Talk to your doctor about which test is right for you.
- Prostate Cancer: Starting at age 50, men should talk to their doctor about the pros and cons of prostate cancer testing, then decide if they want to be tested. Men at high risk (African-American men and those with a family history of the disease) should have this talk at age 45 or 40.
- Skin Cancer: During your regular checkups, have your doctor check your skin for signs of skin cancer. If you notice any changes to existing moles, tell your doctor right away.
Healthy lifestyle choices can lower your risk for cancer.
- Quit smoking. In the US, tobacco use is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths. About half of all people who continue to smoke will end up dying from a tobacco-related disease. Tobacco use causes more than a dozen types of cancer, as well as heart disease, emphysema, and stroke.
- Get regular exercise. Each week, adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity (the level of a brisk walk) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity (the level of a run), preferably spread throughout the week. Clear any new activity with your doctor.
- Eat healthy. Eat at least 2 ½ cups of vegetables and fruits each day. Eat less bacon, sausage, luncheon meats, hot dogs, and other processed meats. Choose whole-grain breads, pasta, and cereals.
- Limit how much alcohol you drink (if you drink at all). Men should have no more than 2 drinks a day.
Help future generations lower their risk of cancer by joining the American Cancer Society’s long-term research study. Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) promises to shed light on many of the lifestyle factors that affect cancer risk. You’re eligible if you’re between the ages of 30 and 65 years and have never had cancer (this does not include basal or squamous cell skin cancer). Find out about CPS-3 enrollment opportunities in your community.
Reviewed by: Members of the ACS Medical Content Staff
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