Warning: 3 Types Of Cancer Men Should Look Out For

Cancer: A word that scares many – and it should. Globally, it’s one of the leading causes of premature death, especially in men. There are over 200 types of cancer now, which means that there’s a good chance that the average person will develop it during the course of their life. But it’s not all gloom; fortunately, many types are treatable and preventable.

Still, you may want to watch out for these 3…

LUNG CANCER

Lung cancer is the number 1 killer in men, as far as cancers go, and takes about a million male lives every year. What’s causing it? Cigarette smoking, primarily. It is said that a whopping 9 out of 10 cases are smoking-related. Passive smoking (inhaling the smoke of those around you) is also deadly and accounts for over 3,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

Other causes include pollution, radon gas, and asbestos exposure, and those who have a family history of it are more at risk, too. You will want to watch for the following symptoms: a persistent cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Coughing up blood is also a sign. In 25% of cases, however, there are no symptoms, and the patient will discover it accidentally.

PROSTATE CANCER

Prostate cancer is next on the list. It killed about 258,000 men in 2008, according to statistics, and that number is said to be closer to 500,000 now. What’s causing it? There isn’t a definite cause. It is genetics and age-related mostly, and men over 50 are at much higher risk. Ethnicity is also a risk factor, with men of Afro-Caribbean lineage being three times more likely to get it. There is talk of diet playing a role, too, but this isn’t conclusive.

Prostate cancer can be hard to identify because, in the early and curable stages, it usually doesn’t cause symptoms. When there are symptoms, though, then you can expect: frequent urge to urinate, painful urination, difficulty initiating or stopping a urine stream, blood in the urine, and/or painful ejaculation.

COLON CANCER

Another one that you might want to look out for is colon (colorectal) cancer. It also took over 200,000 lives in 2008, and numbers are on the rise. What’s causing it? Like prostate cancer, colon cancer is associated with age, and those over the age of 50 are more at risk. Increased alcohol consumption is another risk factor, as is genetics, ethnicity, diabetes, smoking, obesity, and diet.

Diets that are high in cholesterol and fat and low in fiber, especially, make you more prone. With colon cancer, you’ll want to look for the following symptoms: blood in your stools, thin stools, changes in movement frequency, poor appetite, weight loss, and/or abdominal pain.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

Treatment options vary, depending on the type and stage of cancer. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy, surgery, and cancer support are common and can make you live longer and improve your quality of life.

Prevention is the best cure, though, and you can stave off cancer (and other diseases) by eating a balanced diet, sleeping enough, exercising, avoiding high-risk situations/environments, and getting regular medical checkups – this is not foolproof, though. Important: The earlier cancer is diagnosed and treated, the more likely it is that it can be cured.

YOUR TURN: Have you ever been diagnosed with one of these cancers? How did you go about treating it? Tell us about it. We would love to hear your thoughts. Please share your experience in the comment section below.