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Posts Tagged ‘prostate cancer’

I’m Over Age 50: What Health Screenings Do I Need?

December 27, 2013

As we age, we become more at-risk for certain diseases that impact older adults more often than younger adults. Individuals over 50 should be screened regularly for a variety of health problems. Preventive health screenings can detect conditions that have yet to present any symptoms so treatment can be sought sooner.

Various health institutions, including the National Institute of Health, the National Cholesterol Education Program, the American Cancer Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend adults over age 50 take advantage of the following health screenings:

1. Prostate Cancer Screening

The Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test is a method of screening for prostate cancer that the American Urological Association says is for men who want to “pursue early diagnosis” of the condition. Approximately a third of all men over fifty have cancer in their prostate gland. While this type of cancer may never cause a problem, that is not easy to tell at an early stage. Early discovery via screening may prevent catastrophic consequences from prostate cancer.

2. Mammogram

A mammogram is the main method of screening for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that women start having a yearly mammogram after age 40. However, women should talk to their doctors to see what’s right for them, especially if they are considered high-risk.

3. Colonoscopy

Colorectal cancer is a problem for both genders, but it can often be detected through a colonoscopy. The American Cancer Society recommends men and women have a colonoscopy every five to ten years starting at age 50, depending on risk factors.

Other tests that can detect colorectal cancer include flexible sigmoidoscopy, CT colonography, fecal occult blood test and double-contrast barium enema. Talk to your doctor to see which test is right for you.

4. Heart Disease Screening

Health screening tests for heart disease include blood tests for cholesterol, blood pressure tests and screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm. People with high cholesterol are at a higher risk for heart disease. Age and other risk factors (like a history of smoking) raise the likelihood of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Life Line Screening recommends at-risk individuals should undergo the aortic aneurysm screening annually.

5. Bone Density Screening

Bone density scans have the ability to better detect osteoporosis risk. It is recommended that women start getting screened for this condition at age 65 and men at age 75. Women at a higher risk should start getting screened at menopause and men at age 50, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

 6. Pap Test

Pap tests are capable of detecting cervical cancer. Until she gets to 65, a woman should have a pap smears at least once every three years. If the results have been normal up that point, she can stop getting the tests at 65 or 70, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about which health screenings you should be having and how often you may need them.

 




4 Mistakes Men Make that Increase Prostate Cancer Risk

November 20, 2013

As you’ve probably figured out by now, November is Movember – the massive campaign to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men, and the American Cancer Society estimates that about 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with the disease during their lifetime. About 6 out of 10 cases are diagnosed among men over age 65.

If you’re a man and you’re worried about prostate cancer, there are mistakes you could be making that aren’t helping to lower your risk. Learn what they are and why you should fix them now.

 

Eating too much red meat

Studies have linked eating large amounts of red meat and high-fat dairy products to an increase in a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer. One reason could be that many men who eat diets high in red meat and dairy tend to eat fewer healthy fruits and vegetables. To ensure you’re not raising your risk for prostate cancer through your diet, stick to more produce and less red meat.

 

Packing on the pounds

Research has shown that being obese or overweight can also raise risk of prostate cancer in men. The exact reason for this link is not yet known, but many studies have found that obese men have a higher chance of getting a more aggressive form of prostate cancer. Make some type of physical activity, such as walking or lifting weights, a regular part of your routine to keep the unwanted pounds off.

 

Smoking

While studies have not proven smoking is a risk factor for prostate cancer, it is well known that smoking raises disease risk overall. Cigarettes contain carcinogens that have been directly linked to the development of cancer. For optimal healthy aging, avoid smoking cigarettes altogether.

 

Not knowing family history

Having a family history of prostate or breast cancer increases risk of one day developing prostate cancer. Specifically, if you have a family history of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, a very strong family history of women with breast cancer, or a very strong family history of men with prostate cancer, you may be at increased risk. Make sure you’re aware of your family history so you can be proactive with screenings and prostate exams.

Are you taking part in Movember this month? Is raising awareness for prostate and testicular cancer important to you? We’d love to hear. Share your story with us in the comments.

 




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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Your Motivational Quote for Men’s Health Week

June 10, 2013

If you didn’t already know, this week is National Men’s Health Week. Although we ladies tend to soak up much of the attention, we can’t forget about the men in our lives. After all, their health and well-being is pretty important, too.

While men face many of the same disease risk factors that women do, there are some health conditions that are more commonly seen in men. These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer

mens health week quote

 

So let’s use today’s quote to motivate all of us to help each other be healthier. Whether it’s through lowering our controllable disease risk factors or taking action through a preventive health screening, let’s try to all – man or woman – enjoy our castles and our health.

 




Life Line Screening’s Mo-Growing Efforts Contribute to Men’s Health

November 30, 2012

Throughout the past month, a few members of the Life Line Screening UK team joined the crusade to grow moustaches and raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. Now that November is almost over, the mo-growing efforts of these employees can be applauded and shaving can begin.

Prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men, is the primary focus of the Movember campaign. By growing moustaches, Mo Bros become walking, talking billboards for the cause. Mo Sistas can also contribute to the cause by helping to raise funds.

The five employees from Life Line Screening’s head office in Worthing, West Sussex in the UK can be proud to contribute approximately £200 to the cause.

 Life Line Screening UK’s Mo-Growing Efforts Contribute to Men’s Health

The Life Line Screening UK Movember team members pictured above are (L-R) Jack, Gareth, Dan, Helen and Rowan.

Life Line Screening is proud to support men’s health awareness and prevention not just during November, but year round. Learn more about keeping your body strong and maintaining a proactive approach to your own health today.




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