Attention all men: take action to reduce cancer risk

Taking care of your health is key to a vital, active life. The Canadian Cancer
Society encourages men to take action to reduce their cancer risk by adopting healthy lifestyles and talking to their doctor about what screening is appropriate for them.

"We are committed to supporting men in their efforts by advocating where
appropriate for public policies that encourage and support healthy lifestyles,"
says Heather Logan, Director, Cancer Control Policy, Canadian Cancer Society.
"We also advocate for organized screening programs where evidence shows
it can make a difference in reducing cancer deaths, such as colorectal cancer

Healthy living includes:

• eating healthy foods that are low in fat and high in fibre

• being active regularly

• protecting yourself from the sun

• limiting alcohol consumption

• being a non-smoker

• knowing what you’re being exposed to: at home or at work, take care
to follow safety instructions when using, storing and disposing of household
pesticides or any other chemicals.

Screening means cheking or testing for cancer in people who don’t show any
symptoms of the disease. Screening can help detect cancer early, increasing
the chances of treating it successfully.

The Canadian Cancer Society encourages men to take these steps:

• After the age of 50, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks
of prostate cancer screening;

• After age 50, have a fecal occult blood test at least every two years
to help detect colorectal cancer;

• Men aged 15 or older should perform testicular self-examination regularly;

• Check your skin for moles and irregularities.

For more information about ways you can reduce your risk of cancer and for
screening guidelines, call a Canadian Cancer Society information specialist
at 1 888 939-3333, e-mail [email protected] or visit