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Cancer and Men

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Every year, more than 300,000 men in America lose their lives to cancer. You can lower your cancer risk in several ways.

What You Can Do

  • Don't smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke. More men in the United States die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer, and cigarette smoking causes most cases.
  • If you're 50 or older, get screened for colorectal cancer. Screening tests can can help prevent colorectal cancer or find it early, when treatment works best.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and tanning devices. When you're outside, follow our easy sun safety tips.
  • Stay active and keep a healthy weight. Adopting a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity can help lower your risk for several kinds of cancer.

Fast Facts About Cancer and Men

  • The most common kinds of cancer among men in the U.S. are skin cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer.
  • A human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is recommended routinely for boys at 11 or 12 years of age to prevent anal cancer and genital warts. The vaccine also is recommended for all teenage boys and men through 21 years of age who did not receive all three doses of the vaccine when they were younger.
  • Most prostate cancers grow slowly, and don't cause any health problems in men who have them. Treatment can cause serious side effects. Talk to your doctor before you decide to get tested or treated for prostate cancer.
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