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4 Most Common Types of Cancer for Men

Last updated 5 years ago

Here’s a look at the four most common types of cancer for men. Due to advances in early detection and treatment, more men who are diagnosed with cancer are surviving each year.

  1. Lung Cancer
    More men in the U.S. die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. About 9 out of every 10 lung cancer deaths in men in this country are due to smoking. The most important thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to not start smoking, or to quit if you smoke. You can also reduce your risk of lung cancer by avoiding other people's smoke and testing your home for radon.
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  2. Prostate Cancer
    Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in men. While all men are at risk for prostate cancer, some factors increase risk. These include older age, a family history of prostate cancer, and being African American.
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  3. Colorectal (Colon) Cancer
    The third leading cause of cancer deaths in American men is colorectal cancer. This cancer is largely preventable through screening. Screening tests for colorectal cancer can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best. People who have a family or personal history of polyps or colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or certain genetic syndromes such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer should talk to their doctors about screening earlier or more often than other people.
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  4. Skin Cancer
    Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types of skin cancer—basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas—are highly curable. However, melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is more dangerous. The best way to avoid skin cancer is to protect your skin from the sun by using sunscreen, seeking shade, and wearing sunglasses, a hat, and sun-protective clothing.
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