Celebrate Your Father’s Health

Father’s Day underscores the importance of
early detection and prevention

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20. What better way to honor your father than by encouraging him to get his routine cancer tests? And, even better, if you’re his son, go with him and take care of your own health check-ups as well.

Plain and simple, following American Cancer Society recommendations for cancer prevention and early detection can help you stay well and reduce your risk for cancer. By encouraging your father and the other men in your life to follow a few simple guidelines, you can help them use this Father’s Day as a springboard to a healthier life.

· Physical activity: Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity five or more days a week. More physical activity is even better.

· Healthy diet: Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and maintain a healthy weight throughout life.

· Colon cancer: Beginning at age 50, talk to your doctor about getting tested for colon cancer. If colon cancer is found in the earliest stages, the survival rate is 90 percent.

· Prostate cancer: If you’re 50 or older, discuss the risks and benefits of screening with your doctor. African American men and men who have a strong family history of prostate cancer should talk with their doctors about testing at age 45.

· No smoking: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women. Reduce your risk by not smoking or using tobacco products.

· Skin cancer: When detected in its earliest stages and treated properly, skin cancer is highly curable. Always use sunscreen and limit or avoid exposure to ultraviolet rays during the midday hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

· Regular doctor visits: A routine physical is the perfect time to ask your doctor about other ways to remain healthy.

You can also call your American Cancer Society anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org for more information on how to stay well for next Father’s Day.

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