The Importance of Cancer Screening for Men

By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., ACCESS Media Relations Specialist
June 5, 2018

Men’s Health Week is a perfect time to learn more about how to keep you or the men in your life healthy, and cancer screening is a great place to start. Cancer can be easier to treat the earlier the diagnosis, and screening can identify diseases you have long before you even have symptoms. This can lead to quicker recoveries or even potentially save your life. Many men shy away from screenings because they are nervous about the potential results.

And while all men are susceptible to developing cancer, racial disparities among African-American and Hispanic men often lead them to not get the same access to regular screenings and treatment support post-diagnosis. All men must be proactive in getting regular screenings, as early detection can save lives.

Cancer by the Numbers: Impact on Minorities
In 2016, the American Cancer Society estimated that more than 28,000 African-American men died from various cancers, which included lung, prostate, colon, liver, pancreas, stomach and kidney, among others.

In 2015 alone, the American Cancer Society estimated that nearly 20,000 Hispanic men died from lung, liver, colorectal and other cancers.

Here are three cancers all men should be screened for:

Prostate Cancer
Around 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer throughout their lifetime. It is the second most prominent cancer found in American men. That being said, most men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it, and this can be largely helped by early screenings. The age at which men should discuss screening with their health care provider is around 45 years old.

Colorectal Cancer
Around 1 in 22 men will have colorectal cancer throughout their lifetime. This type of cancer can progress rapidly, so getting screened is very important. If not found early, it can spread to other parts of the body. Colorectal cancer can be present in both men and women, but it is more prominent in men. Screening should be discussed around the age of 45 years old.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in American men, but it is also the easiest to treat when found early. Some ways to prevent this include using sunscreen when outdoors and avoiding sunburn. Skin cancer screenings should be done regularly.

Remember, the earlier you are diagnosed with any cancer, the healthier you will be. Encourage the men in your life to go get a screening in honor of Men’s Health Week.

Need a Screening? ACCESS can help

https://www.cancer.org/

https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/cancer-facts-and-figures-for-african-americans/cancer-facts-and-figures-for-african-americans-2016-2018.pdf

https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/cancer-facts-and-figures-for-hispanics-and-latinos/cancer-facts-and-figures-for-hispanics-and-latinos-2015-2017.pdf