A Man's Guide to Cancer Screenings

A lot of men may feel invincible to disease, but cancer can often strike without warning. Early detection is the best defense, and the following guidelines will help you get a head start when warning signs appear.

Prostate cancer. You may need a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test as well as a physican examination of the prostate gland. Combining the results of the two tests improves prostate cancer detection. Screenings should be performed on healthy men ages 50 to 69, and younger men at higher risk. Men over 70 in excellent health may also benefit.

Testicular cancer. While testicular cancer is rare, it’s still the most common cancer in men ages 15 to 35. If you are at risk for testicular cancer, talk with your doctor about monthly self-exams. Report any masses or lumps you feel to your doctor immediately.

Colorectal cancer. Begin screening with a colonoscopy at age 50, and get one every 10 years as long as the results are normal. If you have a history of colon polyps or other factors that put you at increased risk—such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, or a family history of colon cancer—ask your physician for screening recommendations. You may need more frequent colonoscopies beginning at an earlier age.

Skin cancer. Inspect your skin once a month for suspicious growths or changes in the size and color of moles. Have your doctor check for skin cancer every three years from ages 20 to 39 and yearly after age 40.

Oral cancer. Check your mouth and lips in the mirror once a month for unusual changes or sores. See your dentist regularly so that he or she can check you for oral cancer—especially if you smoke or drink heavily.

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