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4 Cancer Screening Tests for Men

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Celebrate the fathers in your life this June by encouraging them to protect their health by getting up to date on cancer screening tests. Screening tests look for cancer before a person has any signs or symptoms. Regular screenings can catch some cancers early, when they’re small, have not spread, and are easier to treat. With colon cancer, some screening tests can even help prevent cancer from developing in the first place.

Colorectal cancer

  • Men should start screening at age 50, or earlier if they have a family history of colon or rectal cancer or colon problems that raise their risk.
  • Some screening tests can find growths called polyps, which can then be removed before they turn into cancer. All of the tests used can help find colon and rectal cancer earlier, when treatments are more likely to be successful.
  • There are several different tests that screen for colon and rectal cancer, including some simple take-home ones. Talk to your doctor about when you should start and which tests might be right for you.

Prostate cancer

  • Starting at age 50, men should talk to their doctor about the pros and cons of prostate cancer testing, and 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.

Lung cancer

Skin cancer

  • Men should be aware of all moles and spots on their skin, and report any changes to a doctor right away. Some doctors and other health care professionals include skin exams as part of routine health check-ups.

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