Men's Health and Cancer

Let’s spend a moment talking about men’s health and cancer. The most common kinds of cancer among men in the U.S. are skin cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer.

Men have a higher chance of getting some cancers than women do. For example, by age 65, men are twice as likely to get melanoma than women; three times more likely by age 80. Melanoma is a serious type of skin cancer. Also, men are four times more likely than women to be diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Screening tests are available to help detect most cancers early. Treatment can have better success when the cancer is smaller and in one area. Visit with your doctor or nurse to see what screening tests are right for you.

Men can take an active role in lowering their chance of getting cancer. There are several things to do. Some of the most important are:

  • Live without tobacco. If you use tobacco in any form, make a plan to quit. Stay away from other people’s smoke. For help quitting, visit with your doctor. Also, go to or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free help.
  • Stay up-to-date on screening tests for colorectal and lung cancer.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink: no more than 2 drinks per day. (For women, it’s no more than one drink per day.)
  • Protect your skin from the sun. Regularly, have your doctor check your skin for possible cancer.
  • Get to and keep a healthy weight. Find an activity you enjoy and stay physically active.

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For more tips to prevent cancer, call Four Corners Health Department at 877-337-3573. Email questions to . Visit our website at Check out the Cancer Prevention Toolkit for men.