Health professionals and oncology experts are of the opinion that men are most likely to be better off by keeping a watchful eye on certain symptoms of cancer which require a doctor’s attention. But study reports also suggest that men are very reluctant to pay that one visit and undergo routine preventive care which could help them in the long run to keep the risks of cancer at bay. Certain cancers are typical in case of men involving specific parts and organs of the body. Following are some of risk factors and symptoms men should pay heed to –
Men experience aches and pain as they age. Although all pains do not always allude to cancer but some might actually be the symptoms for some cancers. Any persistent pain should be checked out with the doctor who can record a detailed medical history and decide upon further diagnostic processes. The idea is to pinpoint the root cause of the pain; is it really cancer or is it something else entirely. Even if it is not cancerous cells men can still benefit from the diagnosis.
Breast Mass Development
There’s no particular reason to believe that being men you cannot suffer from breast cancer. Although it is uncommon but again the probability is not entirely zero. Any unnatural formation of mass near the breast region should be immediately checked out with the physician. Other signs that should be taken care of include puckering or dimpling of the skin, scaling or redness of the nipple or breast skin, retraction of the nipple and nipple discharges. The need to report these signs and symptoms is dire since based on these the doctor can direct you to go for a mammogram or biopsy, etc.
Men are even victims of testicular cancer which usually hit them when they are 20 to 39 years of age. Here, the cancerous cells spread slowly or rapidly through the blood vessels and lymphatic nodes. Again, unfortunately, due to obvious inhibitions, men are averse to going for examinations of the same by doctors. The physicians can also suggest certain techniques of monthly self examination for the same. Moreover, the good news is that testicular cancer is one of the most treatable of all cancers and that too even at an advanced stage. So, nip the problem in the bud, get your symptoms looked into and diagnosed.
What men should understand is that the factors affecting different cancers have different risk levels as well. For instance, a factor might be more potent to cause skin cancer rather than some other form of cancer. Moreover, the preventive measures for the same would essentially vary.
Surprising as it would seem, certain risk factors for skin cancer can originate from activities which you deem as normal. Extensive and excessive sunbathing, using artificial tanning beds or sunlamps are likely to qualify as causative factors for skin cancer. Other factors include your vulnerability towards sunburns, dermatological factors like unusually shaped moles, the color of your hair, the climate you live in or are exposed to for relatively longer periods of time, hereditary issues relating to skin cancer, exposure to radiation and chemicals like arsenic, coal tar, paraffin or radium, etc.
Non-smokers again need not be very complacent about not being afflicted with lung cancer. Apart from tobacco there are lots of other factors which influence your chance of having lung cancer. Working in an atmosphere which has asbestos all around, passive smoking, smoking marijuana can cause lung cancer. Moreover, exposures to substances like radon, uranium, arsenic or vinyl chloride is also detrimental for your health when it comes to triggering lung cancer.
Let not these factors cloud your mind if at all you are exposed to the risk factors mentioned above. There will be certain occupational hazards which are quite difficult to overcome. The idea is to abide by that prevention checklist to minimize the risks. Simple habits like wearing a broad brimmed hat when you are out in the sun, using a sunscreen and wraparound sunglasses, avoiding tanning beds, taking proper precautions while working in chemically hazardous conditions and avoiding smoking zones can actually go a long way to help you minimize if not nullify the risks of cancer.