Cancer affects both men and women, but there are some cancers that affect men and women at different rates than others. In addition, these cancers are often more deadly in men than in women, which is another factor to consider. Men can reduce their risk of developing these various types of cancer by quitting smoking and having screening tests performed at a younger age than women.
The following are ten types of cancer that commonly affect men.
Male cancers include prostate cancer, which is the most common type of cancer in men.
- Prostate cancer affects African-American men at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group, according to the American Cancer Society. It is not known why African-American men are more affected than other men. However, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor about prostate cancer screening options when you reach the age of 50, in most cases.
- Lung cancer – Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer that kills men. Once again, African-American men are more likely than any other racial or ethnic group to be affected by lung cancer. The most common cause of lung cancer is smoking, which accounts for the vast majority of cases. The best way to avoid lung cancer is to never start smoking in the first place, but to quit as soon as possible if you do start.
- Colorectal cancer – This is the third most common cancer found in men, after prostate cancer and lung cancer. It affects people of all ethnic backgrounds, as well as men and women in roughly equal proportions. It is most commonly found in people over the age of fifty-five. Colorectal cancer screening is critical in the early detection and treatment of this cancer, as well as in the survival of both men and women.
- Male bladder cancer is three times more common than female bladder cancer, making it the fourth most common cancer in men. In comparison to any other ethnic or racial group, Caucasian men are more likely than any other to-develop bladder cancer. Men over the age of sixty are more likely to be affected. If you are over the age of 50, your chances of developing bladder cancer increase significantly.
- Skin cancer – In the United States, men over the age of forty are more likely than women to develop this condition. Women, on the other hand, are more likely than men to be affected before the age of forty.
- non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a cancer that attacks the lymph nodes. It is more common in men than in women, and it is particularly prevalent in white men. It primarily affects adults who have a compromised immune system, such as those who have HIV. There are some forms of the disease that can affect children as well. For an unknown reason, certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma are more common in women than in men in some cases.
- Men are twice as likely as women to develop kidney cancer. However, it is still one of the top ten cancers that women are diagnosed with. This is a cancer that usually does not manifest itself in either men or women until later in life, usually after the age of 64 and rarely before the age of 45.
- throat or mouth cancer. Men are twice as likely as women to be diagnosed with this type of cancer. This can be caused by cigarette smoking or even oral sex with a partner.
- Leukemia – This is a disease that affects men and women in roughly equal proportions. It also has the greatest impact on Caucasians compared to any other race. Blood cancer is more common in older people than in younger people, and it is a type of cancer that affects the immune system.
- Pancreatic cancer – This is another cancer that affects men slightly more than women, but it is still a fatal disease. Over the last ten years or so, there has been a gradual increase in the incidence of this cancer. African-Americans are also more likely than Caucasians to suffer from this condition.