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National Men's Health Week: Encourage Dad to Get to the Doctor


Thursday, June 17, 2010   

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's National Men's Health Week, which, along with Father's Day, is being promoted as an opportunity to make sure men get regular cancer screenings. The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that, in addition to prostate cancer, men have a higher risk for colon, lung and skin cancers.

But, Chuck Reed, spokesman for the American Cancer Society of Iowa, says all those diseases have the highest successful treatment rates when caught early.

"It's a good time to remind dad to make that appointment to get his physical; to get his screenings if he is 50 years old. If he hasn't had that colonoscopy yet, he needs to get that."

Reed says regular screenings are the best way to catch cancer early.

"It used to be a death sentence; when our dads were told they had cancer, the worst was expected. Well now, that's not always the case. If you can catch prostate cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer early, you've a great chance to be around for a long time."

Staying away from tobacco, maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy, protecting skin and getting regular check-ups all are ways to reduce cancer risks, according to the ACS.

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