Lung cancer, followed by prostate cancer and colorectal cancer, is the leading cancer killer in men. Quit smoking now, and see your doctor for regular checkups and screenings. Getting to a healthy weight and eating a balanced diet can also reduce your risk of cancer, according to MayoClinic.com.
Although the gap between the number of male and women smokers has narrowed over the years, more men still smoke than women. Smoking is directly responsible for 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths in America each year. Smoking also causes Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Smoking increases the risk for developing coronary heart disease, and also dramatically effects bone density.
For people aged 20 or older having periodic health exams, a cancer-related check-up should include health counseling and, depending on a person’s age and gender, exams for cancers of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, and testes, as well as for some non-malignant (non-cancerous) diseases.
Take control of your health and reduce your cancer risk.
- Stay away from tobacco.
- Stay at a healthy weight.
- Get moving with regular physical activity.
- Eat healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Limit how much alcohol you drink (if you drink at all).
- Protect your skin.
- Know yourself, your family history, and your risks.
- Have regular check-ups and cancer screening tests.