Men & Cancer
Knowing about cancer and how it can be prevented or detected early is the first step in decreasing your risk of dying from this disease. Lifestyle is a very important contributing factor to your individual risk; genetics or family history and ethnicity can also influence risk. The types that most frequently affect men are skin, prostate, lung and colon cancers.
HAP is committed to providing evidenced-based screening recommendations, for our members.
- Lung Cancer
- Smoking or chewing tobacco products
- Smoking marijuana
- Secondhand smoke
- Exposure to: asbestos, radon, uranium, arsenic or vinyl chloride
- Skin Cancer:
- Sunbathing or participating in outdoor sports without sunscreen
- Using tanning beds
- Fair skin, blonde or red hair
- Having a lot of moles
- Family history
- Colorectal Cancer:
- Family History
- Intestinal polyps
- Over 50 years of age
- Eating a lot of red meat or lunchmeat
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Overweight or Obese
- Using tobacco
- Daily alcohol consumption of >2 drinks per day
- Prostate Cancer:
- Over age 50
- African American
- Consume a lot of saturated fat foods
- Family History
- Testicular Cancer:
- There is no conclusive evidence detailing a specific set of risk factors for this rare cancer. More Information
We hear a lot of promotion for support groups regarding women’s cancers, you may be surprised to know there are several for men too. Locally, Gilda’s club of Metro Detroit has a special “men only” support group. Contact them at (248) 577-0800 for more information.
Their "I Can Cope " program offers reliable information, peer support and coping help to patients and their families.
The American Institute for Cancer Research offers research-based nutritional guidelines for survivors.