Five Easy Ways for Men to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

Five Easy Ways for Men to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

Charlotte Hofer, American Cancer Society
6/16/11

According to the American Cancer Society, one in two men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. More than 789,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in men in 2010. The American Cancer Society wants men to know how to stay healthy, and there's no better time than now to start healthy lifestyle habits and put your health first—for you and your family. Here are some easy tips for cancer prevention.

1) Eat healthy. Your mom was right all along—you need those fruits and veggies! The American Cancer Society recommends 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables daily. Limit processed foods, alcohol and red meat. Processed meat would include hot dogs, salami, pepperoni, bacon, bologna and luncheon meat.

2) Get active. Exercise is important to stay cancer-free. Fit in 30 minutes of exercise at least five times a week to feel great and prevent cancer. Mowing the lawn counts!

3) Don’t smoke. According to the American Cancer Society, 87 percent of lung cancers can be attributed to smoking. By staying away from tobacco (including second-hand smoke) you can dramatically reduce your chances of lung cancer. The American Cancer Society can help you quit smoking. Call 1-800-227-2345 to learn about the Quit for Life program.

4) Protect your skin. With summer in full swing, everyone wants to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re fishing, camping or doing yard work, you are at risk for skin cancer if you are not protected from the sun’s rays. Wearing sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, a hat, and sunglasses are all ways to prevent skin cancer. Check for any changes in your skin, and ask your doctor about a skin exam during your health check-up.

5) Get cancer screenings. Get screened for colon cancer if you are age 50 or older; screening should be done earlier if you have a family history of the disease. Regular check-ups and screening tests could save your life. The American Cancer Society lists cancer screening guidelines at www.cancer.org.

Today is the perfect time to start living a healthier lifestyle. Be proactive about your health and choose to take these 5 simple steps to reduce your risk of cancer. Your family will be glad you did!

For more information on men’s health and a detailed explanation of cancer risk factors, contact the American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345, or visit www.cancer.org.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org

Send any questions or comments to charlotte.hofer@cancer.org.

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Submitted by smlaska on
Wow! One in two men diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime? Great article on keeping guys healthy...I told mine to go mow the lawn already! Great tip for getting active! :D
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