Studies have shown that men tend to put off routine checkups and ignore symptoms until a health problem becomes far worse. Unfortunately, that means many men ignore cancer warning signs and don’t get help early on when the disease is most treatable.
Cancers that often affect men include prostate, lung and colorectal. To guard against cancer, men shouldn’t shrug off their warning signs.
Possible problem: Colorectal Cancer
Warning sign: Blood in the stool or a change in bowel habits
Possible problem: Lung Cancer
Warning sign: Coughing that won’t go away or produces blood
Possible problem: Prostate Cancer
Warning sign: Having trouble starting or stopping the flow of urine, or needing to urinate more often, especially at night
Men who notice warning signs should ask their doctors for a recommendation about testing. Botsford Hospital offers the latest cancer-detecting technologies, including high-speed CT scans. The best test for you will depend on the cancer type.
KEEP UP WITH PREVENTIVE SCREENINGS
Some cancers may not trigger warning signs early on. That's why it's important to follow your doctor's advice regarding routine cancer screenings. If you don't have a doctor, get one. We can help. Call 1-877-477-DOC1 (3621) or visit www.botsford.org/doctors/directory.