Nearly 850,000 men will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015, according to American Cancer Society estimates. National Men’s Health Week, which occurs every June around Father’s Day, was established to help raise awareness around men’s health issues.
This year, take time to learn how you can prevent cancer or enable early detection. A cancer diagnosis impacts our families, friends and communities. We encourage you to share this information with your husband, father and other loved ones.
Cancer Screening Enables Early Detection & Improves Outcomes
Prostate cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer and skin cancer are the most common cancers in men. Prostate cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer combined will account for more than 400,000, or nearly one-half, of newly diagnosed cancers in American men in 2015. By being aware of your risk and following screening recommendations, men can improve their chances of early cancer detection.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Around 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, although many of these are unlikely to result in mortality. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends against population-based prostate cancer screening, but certain men can benefit. Screening may be especially beneficial for men at high-risk for prostate cancer. Patients at higher risk for developing prostate cancer include African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer
- Learn more about prostate cancer here.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men. Men who smoke are 23 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers, according to the American Lung Association. If you smoke, quitting can reduce your chances of developing lung cancer. If you are a smoker or former smoker, lung cancer screening can lead to early detection of lung cancer and help to improve your outcome.
- Learn more about lung cancer and lung cancer screening here.
Most colon cancers start as polyps, small growths on the interior lining of the colon and/or rectum. Colorectal cancer can often be prevented if polyps are removed before they become cancerous. There are several screening exams that assist in the early detection of polyps. Screening for colorectal cancer should begin at the age of 50 or earlier if you are at high-risk for colorectal cancer.
- Learn more about colorectal cancer screening here.
Most skin cancers can be treated successfully if they are detected early. Fortunately, most skin cancers can be detected during a simple physical examination. Make sure your doctor examines your skin for signs of cancer during routine check-ups and perform self-exam once per month.
Basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma are the most common skin cancers. Of these, melanoma is the least common, but the most dangerous. Many skin cancers can be prevented by avoiding sun exposure and by protecting yourself from the sun’s rays by using sunscreen.
Integrated Care Institute is committed to educating our communities to help you make healthy decisions that reduce your risk for cancer. To learn more about our services, please contact us.