Men’s health: Cancers

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  • Almost all cancers can affect men, even breas cancer, but here we’ve rounded up some of the most common. Click the links to find out more:

    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, especially those over 65. Prostate cancer forms as an abnormal growth of cells in your prostate gland which lies at the base of your bladder.

    Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the UK. Lung cancer rates in men are falling because fewer men are smoking, but still more than 38,000 people are diagnosed with it every year – which means there’s still a long way to go.

    Testicular cancer
    is the most common cancer affecting men between 15 and 35 years old, but only around 2,100 people are diagnosed with it each year. Just as with breast cancer it’s really important to regularly check yourself (or encourage the men in your life to check themselves if you’re a woman reading this!). It doesn’t take long and is so simple that there’s no excuse not to. Detecting any unusual lumps and bumps early can be key to successful treatment. Bowel cancer is one of the biggest cancers affecting both men and women – someone is diagnosed with this every 15 minutes in the UK so it’s important to look out for symptoms like weight loss or bleeding from your bottom.

    Bladder cancer is the 6th most common cancer in the UK and is much more common in men then in women. Pain in your lower stomach and blood in your urine could be indications – but are also common symptoms of other problems – so look out for these.

    Stomach cancer is much more common in people over 55 so worth looking out for once you reach a ‘certain age’ – only about 3% of cancers diagnosed are stomach cancer.