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Help the Men in Your Life Stay Healthy

This week is Men’s Health Week, a great time to remind the men in our lives to take care of themselves by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and scheduling appointments for their preventative screenings.

Men can maintain good health by following certain routines:

Preventative screenings can help detect prostate cancer and other cancers and diseases early to expedite treatment and increase chances of recovery.

Learn more about health concerns for men, including disease prevention, mental health and more and share this information with the men in your life.

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How To Decide If Prostate Cancer Screening is Right For You

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Men have a greater chance of getting prostate cancer if they’re 50 years old or older, are African-American, or have a father, brother, or son who has had prostate cancer.

Screening

Currently, there is not enough credible evidence to decide if the potential benefit of prostate cancer screening outweighs the potential risks. The potential benefit of prostate cancer screening is finding cancer early, which may make treatment more effective. Potential risks of screening include false positive test results (the test says you have cancer when you don’t), treatment of prostate cancers that may never affect your health, and side effects from treatment.

Informed Decision Making

Is prostate cancer screening right for you? Talk to your doctor to learn the nature and risk of prostate cancer and the benefits and risks of the screening tests. Then make a decision consistent with your preferences and values.

Learn more about prostate cancer.

Cancer and Men

From the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control

Every year, cancer claims the lives of nearly 300,000 men in America. Men can reduce their risk for some of the most common types of cancer.

Lung Cancer

More men in the U.S. die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. The most important thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to quit smoking or not start smoking, and avoid secondhand smoke.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in men. While all men are at risk for prostate cancer, some factors increase risk. These include older age, a family history of prostate cancer, and being African American. Talk to your doctor about getting screened for prostate cancer.

Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

The third leading cause of cancer deaths in American men is colorectal cancer. Screening is recommended for both men and women beginning at age 50. Screening tests for colorectal cancer can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer.

Learn more about cancer and men.