Which types of cancer are men at risk for?
Cancer can happen to anyone, regardless of age, sex or socioeconomic status, but different kinds of cancers impact communities at different rates. There are certain kinds of cancer that are more common in men, which means that men should be more vigilant about recognizing the symptoms and getting regular screenings . June is Men’s Health Month, which provides a perfect opportunity for men to get educated about their cancer risks. Here is a look at the kinds of cancers that are most likely to affect men.
Lung cancer is leading cause of cancer death in men . In most cases, lung cancer is linked to smoking, though exposure to secondhand smoke and substances like asbestos or silica can also play roles.
Because lung cancer is so deadly, early diagnosis is critical. Consider seeing your physician if you experience these symptoms:
- Persistent coughing or coughing that gets progressively worse
- Coughing up blood
- Unexplained weight loss
- Chest pain
You can reduce your risk of lung cancer by not smoking or by quitting if you already do.
Skin cancer is the most common form of the disease for men and women alike. The most dangerous form of skin cancer is melanoma, which can spread to other organs quickly. If you notice a new growth on your skin or changes in the size, color or border of an existing mole, see your physician to have it examined.
Most cases of skin cancer are tied to sun exposure. Always wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher when you are outdoors, and wear a brimmed hat to protect your face. Perform periodic skin self-checks so you can spot signs of cancer early.
After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form in men. It usually occurs in men over age 65, though it can happen to men of any age. Because prostate cancer tends to move slowly, treatment is often effective, especially when it is diagnosed in early stages. Regular screening tests can help to diagnose prostate cancer before it spreads.
The symptoms of prostate cancer include:
- Difficult urination
- Changes in the frequency of urination
- Blood in the urine or semen
MountainView Hospital is pleased to offer comprehensive, cutting-edge cancer care in Las Vegas from a multidisciplinary team of compassionate providers. Whether you need a physician for cancer screening tests or a referral to a cancer specialist, call us at (702) 962-5021.
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