One of the best ways you can celebrate the men in your life – especially on Father’s Day – is to help them celebrate more special days like birthdays and other milestones with loved ones.
Celebrating more birthdays means living longer, something more cancer survivors are doing thanks to advances in treatment and to screening tests that find cancer early, when it’s easiest to treat. This summer, help the men you love stay healthy by encouraging them to follow the American Cancer Society’s screening guidelines for these cancers:
Many colon cancers begin as growths called polyps, and if these polyps are found through screening and removed before they turn into cancer, the disease can be stopped before it starts. Start testing at age 50, or younger if people in your family have had colon cancer. Talk to your doctor about which test is right for you.
The American Cancer Society does not recommend for or against routine prostate cancer screening for men. Instead, we recommend that, starting at age 50, men have the opportunity to make an informed decision with their health care provider about screening for prostate cancer after receiving information about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits associated with screening. Screening should not occur in the absence of this informed decision-making. Men at high risk, including African American men and those with a family history of the disease, should have this talk earlier, at age 45 or 40.
During your regular checkups, have your doctor check your skin for signs of skin cancer. If you notice any changes to existing moles, tell your doctor right away.
Find more ways to help men stay well and get well by visiting cancer.org/menshealth or by calling your American Cancer Society anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345.