We can’t talk about Men’s Health Awareness Month, without having a conversation about cancer. Cancer, in all its forms, is the second leading cause of death in males. However, the ones that most often affect men are prostate, lung and colon cancer.
Knowing your risks for these particular cancers and making the time to have regular screenings is the key to living a longer, healthier life.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located right below the bladder. Its primary function is to produce the seminal fluid that transports sperm. Cancer forming in this gland is incredibly common. In fact, 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with the condition during his lifetime. Fortunately, prostate cancer one of the slowest-growing and most treatable cancers when detected early.
Colon and rectal cancers are the 3rd most common and 2nd most deadly form of cancer in the United States. While both men and women can get colorectal cancer, there are slightly more men who die from the condition than women. Whether that’s due to lifestyle, genetic factors or tendency to delay care is still unclear.
Lung and bronchus cancers are the leading causes of cancer death among both men and women. In fact, more people die from lung cancer than prostate and colon cancers combined. In Suffolk County alone, for every 100,000 people diagnosed with lung and bronchus cancer, 42 will die. While there are certainly genetic factors that contribute to its prevalence, many cases can be attributed to inhaled toxins.
Work, family and life have needs that require your time and attention. But that doesn’t mean a man’s health shouldn’t be a priority.
Regular checkups and routine screenings are healthy habits that can quite literally save your life. Speak to your primary care provider to determine your risk and screening schedule. By catching these common cancers at their earliest, most treatable stages, you’re giving yourself the best possible chance to live a longer, healthier life.