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This Month In Health
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    Keep reading to learn about the top five cancers every man should be screened for and how often you should undergo the screenings. Read >>
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You're Not Invincible

That's right, men. You need cancer screenings, too.

As a man, you're hardwired to be strong, protecting the world from all sorts of evils. Unfortunately, you may think this toughness makes you immune to sickness and disease. With this mindset, it's no wonder that trips to the doctor and preventative screenings are last priorities. But when it comes to cancer, early detection is of utmost importance for treatment and survival. Because the earlier cancer is found, the greater your chance of full recovery. While cancer screenings may be low on your to-do list, they could save your life.

Keep reading to learn about the top five cancers every man should be screened for and how often you should undergo the screenings.

#1: Prostate Cancer

One of the most common cancers in men, prostate cancer is most successfully treated when diagnosed early. Currently, the medical community is divided on how frequent men should undergo screenings if they do not show symptoms or if they aren't at high risk for prostate cancer. In general, however, it is recommended to undergo yearly testing beginning at age 50. If you have a family history of prostate cancer, you should be tested around age 40 or 45.

Regardless of your family or personal health history, talk with your doctor about what is best for your situation.

To test for prostate cancer, your doctor will perform a digital rectal exam (DRE), during which he will examine your prostate gland for abnormalities. Your doctor will also draw blood to test for a prostate-specific antigen (PSA), high levels of which could indicate problems with your prostate.

#2: Testicular Cancer

Though a rare type of cancer, testicular cancer is the most frequent cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 34. Frightening as that stat may be, testicular cancer is highly treatable. In most cases, men detect testicular cancer themselves via self-examinations. Therefore, it is important for young men to perform regular self-examinations of their scrotum to search for lumps or abnormalities.

#3: Colorectal Cancer

Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), and rectal cancer affects the last few inches of the colon. Together, they are referred to as colorectal cancer. To screen for colorectal cancer, men need to undergo a colonoscopy.

During a colonoscopy, a flexible tube with a video camera on the end is inserted into the rectum. This allows the doctor to visualize any abnormalities inside the colon, remove polyps, and take biopsies if necessary.

Men ought to have their first colonoscopy at age 50 and every 10 years after that. For men with a family history of colon cancer or other risk factors such as colon polyps, Crohn's disease, or ulcerative colitis, earlier, more frequent screenings may be recommended.

#4: Skin Cancer

Screening for skin cancer is mainly your responsibility. Inspect your body once a month for changes in the color or size of moles or any abnormal growths. Find something suspicious? See your doctor. Starting at the age of 20, have your doctor check your body for skin caner every three years and every year after you reach 40 years of age.

#5: Oral Cancer

Screening for oral cancer is a simple procedure. Simply look in the mirror and check your mouth and lips for unusual sores or changes once a month. On top of this, have your dentist perform an oral cancer screening at your regular dental appointment every six months. By looking for sores or changes and feeling around inside your mouth, you dentist will be able to identify lumps or abnormalities that may indicate oral cancer. These screenings are especially important if you drink heavily or smoke.



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