How American Men Can Reduce Their Cancer Risk By Jonathan Hillert

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) collects important information about cancer deaths in men as well as prevention methods. The CDC reports that American men die more often from lung cancer than any other form of cancer; nine out of 10 of these deaths occur from smoking. Men can prevent lung cancer by eliminating smoking, reducing their exposure to secondhand smoke, and testing for excessive radon in their indoor environments. Prostate cancer represents the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men. Risks for prostate cancer increase with age, if you are of African-American descent, and if you have a family history of the disease. Men must decide when benefits outweigh the risks of prostate screening. Colon cancer ranks third among cancer-related deaths in men; colonoscopy screenings can help reduce the fatality of the disease. Finally, men can prevent skin cancer, the most common cancer in America, by staying in the shade; wearing protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses; and using sunscreen.

The University of Texas (www.texascancer.info/index.html) provides excellent cancer information specifically for Texans.

About the Author

A contributor to cancer-awareness programs, Jon Hillert established and operates Houston-based L&T Development, LLC, a company that designs and builds family homes.

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