For men, the first four cancers after prostate cancer are lung, colon, rectum and melanoma, according to Houston oncologist Mamta Calidas, MD, medical editor of the American Cancer Society and volunteer member of the oncology faculty at the Baylor College of Medicine. This is what men need to know.
Quitting smoking Causes at least four of five deaths from lung cancer. Current and former smokers: If you are between 55 and 74 years old, ask your doctor about the annual exam.
Finding lung cancer early can save your life. (Just being close to cigarette smoke or anyone who smokes, even if you don’t, increases your risk.) The first reason among non-smokers is radon, a radioactive chemical that can accumulate inside. Economic tests can alert you to dangerous levels in your home.
Direct colon cancer
Improve your lifestyle. Being overweight or obese, lack of exercise, smoking, a diet rich in red meat, processed meats and moderate to large alcohol consumption increase the risk of cancer that begins in the colon and rectum.
Equally important: get the test from the age of 50, the CDC recommends. Early detection makes effective treatment more likely. Check your health history and your family with your doctor for other possible warning signs, such as inflammatory bowel disease and benign tumors, and benign growth that can become cancerous.
Do you need another reason to quit tobacco? Smoking greatly increases the risk of bladder cancer. Other risk factors include exposure to certain industrial chemicals. Some studies suggest that eating lots of fruits and vegetables can help protect you.
Another possible preventive measure: drink lots of water. “The idea is that you will urinate many toxins that may be in the bladder,” he says. “Not only any liquid, but specifically water can be useful.”