February 4 is World Cancer Day. I’m using this day to raise awareness about men and cancer.
Facts About Cancer & Men
- The most common kinds of cancer among men in the United States are skin cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer.
- There is a cancer screening process for people attempting to find the cancer early before it causes symptoms. Two tests are commonly used when screening for protest cancer.
1. A Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test-a blood test. The PSA is a substance your prostate makes. The test measures the level of PSA in your blood. Your PSA level may be high if you have prostate cancer and for many other reasons, such as having an enlarged prostate.
2. Digital Rectal Examination-when a healthcare provider inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into a man’s rectums to feel the prostate for anything abnormal, such as cancer.
- Some cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a very common sexually transmitted infection. The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cancers of the penis, anus, and oropharynx (back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils).
Tips For Lowering Your Chance of Getting Cancer
- Lowering tobacco usage. Drug addictions can cause cancer.
- Staying up-to-date on screening tests for colorectal and lung cancer
- Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink
- Protecting your skin from the sun
- Getting to and keeping a healthy weight, and staying physically active