CANCER AWARENESS: Top Health Concerns for Men

Colorectal cancer, heart disease, and diabetes top the list.

Posted: Nov 23, 2018 3:21 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2019 6:03 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Colorectal cancer, diabetes, and heart disease are some of today's top health concerns for men, according to a doctor at Providence Medford Medical Center.

Dr. Michael Potter, a family practice and sports medicine physician at Providence Medford Medical Center, says cancer-wise, colorectal cancer is a top concern -- and that screening is of the upmost importance.

"That's probably the main cancer in terms of trying to get in and [get] screening for men, because that's one where you may not have any symptoms early on," Potter said.

Men have a higher chance of getting colorectal cancer than women, and it affects Alaskan Natives (91 per 100,000) and African Americans (49 per 100,000) the most.

Heart disease and diabetes are also main concerns.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease contributes to 25 percent of male deaths. Half of men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.

Type II diabetes can cause erectile dysfunction in men, according to the Mayo Clinic, and more men have prediabetes than women do -- 36.6 percent versus 29.3 percent, respectively, according to the CDC.

Potter says lifestyle choices -- like eating healthy foods and exercising -- can make a world of difference when it comes to managing and preventing these diseases. They likely helps prevent cancer as well, although the research isn't postive yet.

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