“No man is invincible” says Men’s Health magazine.
When it comes to your health, no one is immune to cancer. The keys to beating the disease are identifying the warning symptoms, getting an early positive diagnosis and undergoing effective treatments for the disease.
Here is a list of the top 5 cancers that affect men (and their warning signs):
- Prostate Cancer
The prostate is a gland that is found only in males and is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. There are several types of prostate cells however nearly all prostate cancers start in the gland cells adenocarcinoma).
Early Warning Signs: There typically aren’t any early warning signs for Prostate Cancer. A rectal exam may tell if your prostate is hard or irregular. High levels of PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels can also tell the doctors if cancer is present.
- Lung Cancer
Not limited to just males, lung cancer can affect everyone.
Early Warning Signs: Quite often there are no early warning signs. Signs that you may have lung cancer is generally a cough that won’t go away, or a cough that brings up blood. Ezra Cohen, M.D. also adds that any chest pain that is present but isn’t influenced by movement could also be a symptom. A biopsy can give a positive diagnosis of this disease.
- Colorectal Cancer
Commonly known as Colon Cancer or Bowel Cancer, this disease starts in the large intestine or the rectum.
Early Warning Signs: Blood in the stool. This is something that no one should ever ignore, even if it’s a one-time event. According to Greg Enders, M.D., Ph.D, bleeding is the only early warning sign you’ll receive however in more than 50% of the cases, no warning signs were given. A colonoscopy will allow your doctor to examine you for a positive diagnosis.
- Bladder Cancer
This form of cancer starts in the bladder and usually only affects the bladder lining. If caught early enough, it can be treated and beaten.
Early Warning Signs: Blood in the urine. Much like Colorectal Cancer symptoms, blood in your urine should never be ignored. Two tests can be performed for a positive diagnosis; a scope through the penis to look at the blader, and a urine test for cancer cells.
Lymphoma is a cancer that affects the immune system.
Early Warning Signs: Painless, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpit, or groin. If swelling is detected but doesn’t subside within a week, have your doctor check them. Unexplained weight loss and pain in the node area after drinking alcohol are also symptoms.
If at any time you believe you may have any form of cancer, see your doctor as soon as possible. An early detect is critical and may increase your chances of beating the disease substantially.