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Most Common Cancers that Strike Men (And What to Look For)

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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Stroke Risk Rises with Lack of Sleep, Study Detects Start of Alzheimer’s 25 Years in Advance, Low-Dosage Aspirin Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

July 20, 2012

Friday Roundup:

Get Enough Shut-Eye to Lower Your Stroke Risk

One way to keep your risk of stroke low is to ensure you’re getting enough sleep every night.

Researchers in the Netherlands conducted a study on how stress and sleep loss affect a person’s risk of stroke. They found that even for young people, increased levels of stress and high sleep deprivation raise stroke risk.

The scientists conducted the study on healthy young men in a sleep lab by restricting sleep for some and not restricting sleep for others. They found that of the men whose sleep was restricted, the white blood cell count spiked as if their immune systems had been exposed to some type of threat. They found that a lack of sleep puts huge stress on the immune system. This led researchers to the conclusion that people who get six or less hours of sleep per day have a 4.5 percent greater risk of stroke than those who get 7 or more hours of sleep per day.

Although scientists aren’t exactly sure why, they do know that sleep deprivation can cause inflammation, which can have such negative consequences on the body as elevated blood pressure, glucose levels and heart rate. All three factors can lead to higher stroke risk.

Other types of stress can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease, as well. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon believe the reason is cortisol—the stress hormone released whenever we feel scared, anxious or worried. This hormone is almost like adrenaline—it gives a jolt of energy that enables the body to react in ways not normally done, like the ability to sprint away from danger or without thinking, put your safety at risk to help a loved one in trouble.

The longer the immune system is filled with cortisol, the worse our body is able to regulate inflammation. This is because tissues in the body stop releasing as much anti-inflammatory substances and this can lead to illnesses such as heart disease and stroke.

Life Line Screening conducts preventive health screenings for those who may be at risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke. Learn more about the screenings offered by Life Line Screening and schedule a screening today to gain peace of mind about your health status.

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Can Alzheimer’s Be Predicted 25 Years in Advance?

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that brain changes in people with Alzheimer’s happen earlier than we thought. The changes in the brain were found to develop a full 25 years before memory loss symptoms showed.

The findings offer a timeline of changes in spinal fluid, brain size, appearance of brain plaques and other factors that appear before the onset of Alzheimer’s in people at risk. The results of the study are significant because the memory-loss disease is the only cause of death (within the top ten causes of death in the U.S.) that, so far, can’t be prevented, slowed or cured.

Dr. Randall Bateman of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis led the study. He researched 129 individuals who had family histories of Alzheimer’s to estimate when the participants would start to develop symptoms of the disease. From there, the team created a timeline of changes in the body leading up to the major symptoms of Alzheimer’s, like diminishing thinking skills and memory loss.

Results show that the first of the changes are a drop in the level of a protein called amyloid and can be detected in a person’s spinal fluid as early as 25 years before the disease fully develops.

Other changes include the formulation of the Alzheimer’s protein beta amyloid at 15 years before the onset of the disease, which can be visible in brain scans. At ten years before development of the disease, the brain begins to use glucose less and small instances of memory loss begin.

“What we don’t know is if the time, the order of magnitude and the size of these changes is similar or not,” Bateman said in a Huffington Post article. “It may be many years before we have this information.”

To read the full article on the study of Alzheimer’s brain changes from Huffington Post, visit the following link:

Low-Dosage Aspirin Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

We already know that aspirin benefits the body in many ways. Not only does it temporarily relieve aches and pains, it’s also been found to help prevent skin cancer. The latest update on aspirin from BBC News reports the drug may also help prevent the development and spread of other types of cancer, like colon cancer.

The study showed that in individuals between the ages of 50 to 70 years old, taking low-doses of aspirin on a regular basis can help kill the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, a known cause of stomach bleeds which can lead to cancer. Swallowing some aspirin can kill the bacteria and therefore decrease the risk of developing cancer.

By taking low-doses of aspirin for five years, an individual cuts their risk of colon cancer in half, according to a study conducted by Prof Cuzick of the University of London. The most recent data showed that daily low-dose aspirin cut the risk of dying from esophageal cancer by 66 percent and cut the risk by 25 percent for lung cancer. The risk of death dropped by 25 percent for all cancers combined.

Another impressive find is aspirin’s effect on the spread of cancer. When taking consistent, low-doses of aspirin, researchers found that the secondary spread of cancer to the lungs, liver and brain was reduced by about 50 percent.

We also know that aspirin can benefit individuals at risk of heart attack or stroke. A low dose of aspirin is already recommended by doctors to be taken to lower risk of these two serious and often fatal conditions.

Life Line Screening conducts preventive health screenings for those who may be at risk of heart attack or stroke. As always, simple lifestyle changes like taking low-doses of aspirin can help prevent such conditions from developing, but you can become fully aware of the state of your health by scheduling a health screening today.

To read the full article on aspirin’s effect on decreasing cancer risk, view this link:

Life Line Screening: Friday Roundup Blog Post – March 30th

March 30, 2012

Friday Roundup:


Colon Cancer Is Hot on the Charts These Days with Musicians

Earlier this week we reported that Country Music musician and singer Wade Heyes has been diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer – a very bad stage of the disease to be discovered within since the 5-year survival rate is estimated by some doctors to be only about 8.1%. Just a few days after our blog post, famed and influential Soul Music legend Bobby Womack was announced to have colon cancer, though fortunately Mr. Womack was diagnosed early and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is currently in stage I of the highly preventable disease. Since colon cancer almost always starts as non-cancerous polyps, early detection via colonoscopies is vital for prevention, particularly for adults 50+ in age.

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American Diabetes Day Was March 27th

This past Tuesday was American Diabetes Day, an event designed to call attention to the large and growing problem of diabetes in America. Sedentary lifestyles, bad diets, sugar-laden fast foods all have helped cause diabetes to rise alarmingly in both adults and children – figures for prediabetes alone rose from 57 million Americans in 2008 to 70 million Americans in 2010. That’s an increase in prediabetes of 13 million individuals in just two years! Recent research shows that people with diabetes have a dramatically increased risk of stroke. The research, published in the journal Stroke this month revealed that the risk increases 3% each year and triples after a decade.

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Life Line Assists Dr. Oz with 5 Thousand 6 for Life Screening Packages and Studio Participation As Well

This week Life Line Screening was delighted to support The Dr. Oz Show by giving away 5 thousand 6 for Life screening packages through an online event. The 6 for Life packages measure waist size, blood pressure and glucose levels to indicate diabetes risk, and Life Line Screening was very pleased to be involved as well as to help the watching world to understand the importance of early testing for diabetes.

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Medical Tattoos – The New Medical Alert Bracelets of the 21st Century?

For years, individuals with allergies or medical conditions have worn medical alert bracelets or necklaces to inform passers-by and EMTs of their special needs. But what happens if the bracelet or necklace is somehow lost in an accident? Today, the popular trend of fashion tattoos is being used for conveying medical information as well as for making a personal statement. Individuals who have important information they want others to know about in case of emergencies can have that info tattooed on to their body, to be discovered by doctors or emergency workers in case the patient is unconscious. We think this is a very clever idea, so we thought we’d share some “ink” about it.

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March Is Colon Cancer Awareness Month – What Musician Wade Hayes Would Tell You about Colonoscopies

March 22, 2012

Hayes diagnosed with colon cancer

Country singer Wade Hayes is battling stage IV colon cancer.

Country Music musician, singer and songwriter Wade Hayes had a number one hit not too long ago titled “Old Enough to Know Better,” a song that literally takes on new meaning for the handsome singer now that he has been diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. As his manager, Mike Robertson, explains, “You just don’t expect a man in his young 40s, who was perfectly healthy in every other way, to get this kind of diagnosis.”

Hayes, who was just 42 when the discovery was made, comes from a family with no history of gastrointestinal disease. He even thought the bleeding he was experiencing was due to an inflamed hemorrhoid brought on by a strenuous weightlifting session at his gym, and certainly not the result of a tumor that would prove to have metastasized – requiring 70% of his liver and 20 inches of his large intestine to be removed.

Stories such as Wade’s are a big reason March has become Colon Cancer Awareness month. Colorectal cancer, commonly known as colon cancer, is the third leading cause of cancer death in both men & women in the United States. It often has no symptoms until it is highly advanced. The good news is that this deadly disease is also the most preventable form of cancer, since it usually develops slowly over the course of 10 to 15 years from non-cancerous polyps. Colonoscopies can spot and remove these tumors BEFORE they become malignant……but only if a man or woman is living proactively and addressing the possibility of this malady before it is too late. The advent of March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month was designed to get people thinking about this preventable tragedy.

Since 90% of new cases of colon cancer occur in people over the age of 50, the American Cancer Society recommends that both women and men have a colonoscopy every ten years starting at that age, unless they have high risk factors due to a family history for the disease or other gastrointestinal diseases. Greater frequency of the test is recommended in these cases.

Wade Hayes is fighting for his life, but he’s got good friends like Willie Nelson, Kix Brooks, and Jay DeMarcus from Rascal Flatts to cheer him on. Still, it’s a very tough uphill battle – he’s lost 50 pounds and is undergoing chemotherapy and dietary improvements to fight-off the disease. One estimate for the 5-year survival rate of stage IV colon cancer is a scant is 8.1%, while another is only 6%. As Wade himself says about his experience, “If I had caught it early, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

We wish Wade a true recovery and a return to perfect health and more great songs in the future. And we encourage all our readers within the 50-years+ demographic to get on the ball and schedule your own colonoscopy – it’s so much better than the alternative!

You can learn more about Wade Hayes and his battle with colon cancer by visiting this CNN page.

You can also learn about a new, non-invasive and at-home early detection test for colon cancer, available from Lifeline Screening, by visiting the Colon Cancer Screening Test page on our website.


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