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Health Threats and Top 10 Cancers for Men

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States of America. According to latest statistics available, about 1.34 million people had a diagnosis, and about 559,000 people died of cancer in 2005. The number is said to be increasing every year since although exact figures are not available. Cancer is one of the biggest health threats for men. More men are diagnosed with cancer than women.

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Top 10 Killer Cancers

The following are the 10 types of cancer that men are most often diagnosed with:

Prostate Cancer:

The most prevalent cancer in men is prostate cancer. In the U.S, 185,895 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 28,905 died from it. African Americans are more likely to get prostate cancer although the reason why is not clear. Prostate cancer affects the prostate, a part of the reproductive system of men. The cancer may also spread to other parts of the body later. Prostate cancer is usually found in men above 50 years of age. It is not clear whether screening tests are helpful in controlling prostate cancer as there are risks involved. Also, prostate cancer is slow growing, and often patients diagnosed with it die of other causes. Informed decision-making is required.

Lung Cancer:
Lung cancer is the biggest killer among cancers in men. In 2005, 107,416 were diagnosed with lung cancer and 90,139 died of it in the U.S. Lung cancer involves uncontrolled growth of cells in the lungs, and it may spread to other areas of the body. The cause of 90% of all lung cancer cases is smoking.

Colorectal (Colon) Cancer:
Colorectal, or colon, cancer is the third most common cancer in men. It is also the second highest killer of men among cancers. Colon cancer is usually found in people above 50 years of age. In 2005, about 70,000 men were diagnosed with colon cancer and about 28,000 were killed by it in the U.S. Colon cancer involves cancerous growths in the colon, rectum, and appendix. Death from colon cancer can be prevented if regular screening tests are taken by people above 50 years of age.

Urinary Bladder Cancer:
About 50,000 men are diagnosed and about 9,000 die from bladder cancer every year in the U.S. It involves cancerous growth in the urinary bladder.

Skin Melanoma:
It is a type of skin cancer. It is deadly once it starts to spread. In 2005, 30,544 men were diagnosed with skin melanoma and 5,283 died due to it.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma:
This is a cancer of the white blood cells. It results in tumors in the lymph nodes. 29,586 males were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and 11,131 died from it in 2005 in the U.S.

Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer:
About 22,500 men were affected by it in 2005 and about 8,000 died from it.

Oral Cavity and Pharynx Cancer:
About 19,000 males were affected by it and about 4,900 died.

Leukemia:
These are cancers affecting the blood. About 19,000 males were diagnosed with these and about 12,000 died.

Pancreatic Cancer:
It is highly fatal. About 16,000 males were diagnosed with it, and almost 15,800 died due to it.

The most important way to prevent cancer is to have any possible screenings done or ask your doctor about any unusual marks, bumps or pain as soon as possible.

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