September is Men’s Cancer Awareness Month


Top Three Cancers for Men in Canada




1.     Prostate Cancer


The leading cause of cancer for Canadian males is prostate cancer with 23,600 new cases expected in 2013 which accounts for 25% of all new cases or 1 in 7 males expected to contract this disease.


Most cases of prostate cancer don’t occur until after age 50 but in recent years there has been a steady rise in the percentage of men in their 30’s and 40’s with both prostate problems and cancer. 


Family history play’s an important role in your risk of developing prostate cancer.  For example the risk doubles if a first-degree relative, such as a father or brother, has been diagnosed especially before age 55.  The more first-degree relatives with prostate cancer a man has, the greater the risk to himself of being diagnosed in his lifetime.


Other risk factors include but are not limited to:           


High fat diets, Diets high in processed foods and meats, Excess milk and dairy products and Long term inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis).


Signs and Symptoms include:


Frequent urination, especially at night, difficulty starting or stopping the urine flow, a sense of incomplete emptying of the bladder, blood in the urine or semen…


2.     Lung Cancer


Lung cancer has the second highest rate of probability with 1 in 11 males expected to be diagnosed in their lifetime.


The biggest risk factor is smoking and represents 90% of cases in men.  Other causes include Exposure to toxins and viruses, Exposure to secondhand smoke, radon gas exposure (in your home) etc.


Signs and Symptoms include:


In its early stage, lung cancer has no symptoms, however as the cancer grows and travels to other organs a chronic cough, shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing up blood are some of the indications that may be present.


3.     Colorectal Cancer


The third most diagnosed cancer in men in Canada is Colorectal with 1 in 13 males expected to develop this form of cancer in their lifetime.


The main factors that initiate colorectal cancer are consumption of cooked red meat, high intake of refined carbohydrates and poor vitamin intake as well as other very important factors.


Signs and Symptoms include:


In the early stages many people experience no symptoms.  Once the cancer has progressed one might have blood in the stool, changes in normal bowel habits, anemia, weight loss and constant fatigue.
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