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JUN 5th 2014

Top 3 Most Common Types Of Cancer In Men

JUN 5th 2014
Top 3 Most Common Types Of Cancer In Men

To help raise cancer awareness for men during Men’s Health Month, and as Father’s Day approaches, here’s an overview of the facts, statistics and risk factors for the 3 most common types of cancer in men.

#1: Prostate Cancer

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in males across the U.S.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) says that “about 1 in every 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.” And, this type of cancer primarily occurs in older men as the average age of diagnosis is 66 years-old.

The risk factors associated with prostate cancer include:

  • Age.
  • Race and ethnicity – According to a WebMD article, this form of cancer in men occurs nearly 60% more often in African Americans than in White men in the U.S.  
  • Family history of prostate cancer.
  • High-fat diet and/or obesity.
  • Smoking and tobacco use.

For helpful diet and lifestyle prostate cancer prevention tips for men, click to read our article here.

#2: Lung Cancer

This form of cancer in men is the second most common type of cancer diagnosed, according to the CDC. Lung cancer is also the deadliest form of cancer, accounting for nearly 27% of all cancer deaths annually for both men and women, according to the ACS.

Common lung cancer risk factors include:

  • Smoking and tobacco use – this is the greatest risk factor associated with lung cancer.
  • Radon – an odorless, toxic gas found in rocks and dirt, responsible for about 20,000 cases of lung cancer per year.
  • Toxic workplace substances such as asbestos, diesel exhaust, arsenic and chromium.
  • Family history of lung cancer.
  • Prior radiation therapy to the chest area.

To learn more about lung cancer, click to read our article here.

#3: Colorectal Cancer

According to the CDC, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer among males in the U.S.

Risk factors for colorectal cancer include:

  • Age – people over age 50 are at a higher risk and it’s recommended for men to speak with their doctors and get at annual colonoscopy after age 50.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Diet high in red and processed meats.
  • Obesity and lack of exercise.
  • Alcohol and tobacco use.

To learn more about the facts on colorectal cancer and prevention tips, click here.

And, to help prevent any of these types of cancer in men, a few things you can try to do is to quit smoking (if you are a smoker), maintain a healthy diet and manage your weight through healthy habits and exercise. For more cancer prevention tips, you can read our articles here.

(Image via Health Home.)