admin - June 21, 2013
June is Men’s Health Month, and it’s a great time to place extra emphasis on men and the conditions and risk factors that frequently affect them. While men deal with many of the same health hurdles (eating healthy, staying active, lowering high blood pressure) that women do, there are certain health conditions, including types of cancer, that are much more common in men.
Cancer is one of the most frightening, life-altering, and potentially deadly health conditions anyone – man or woman – can face. Hearing a cancer diagnosis is often shocking. Many people don’t see it coming. However, there are often small warning signs that if many men knew about, could alert them to a potential problem much sooner.
Below, let’s explore the four most common cancers that strike men and dive deeper into some of the early warning signs that may accompany them. All statistics are gathered from the American Cancer Society.
#1: Prostate Cancer
This type of cancer forms in the prostate gland, a small, walnut-sized structure that is part of a man’s reproductive system. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. About 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetimes.
Warning signs: Unfortunately, there are often no early warning signs for prostate cancer. The cancer is usually suspected when individuals have a high prostate specific antigen (PSA) level.
#2: Lung Cancer
Lung cancer forms in the lungs and is often (but not always) contributed to tobacco use. About 1118,080 men will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013.
Warning signs: Sometimes a cough that won’t go away or a cough that brings up blood could indicate lung cancer. Chest pain is another early warning sign, although some people experience no symptoms.
#3: Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer affects the colon and rectal areas of the intestine. It is the third leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States, and the risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 20.
Warning signs: Blood in the stool is the primary warning sign of colorectal cancer.
#4: Bladder Cancer
Bladder cancer may not get as much attention as it should, because it is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in men. It occurs primarily in older individuals, as 9 out of 10 people with bladder cancer are over the age of 55 and the average age of diagnosis is 73.
Warning signs: Blood in the urine, but this can sometimes indicate kidney stones. Always get checked by a physician if you see blood in your urine.
Early detection and preventive measures are extremely important among both men and women. Being proactive with your health is a great way to do your best to stay healthy. Although not everything is in our control, we can do our part to avoid serious disease.
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