YOU’LL REDUCE YOUR CANCER RISK AND BE MORE FIT
Created by Brian Mahon, this men’s preventative health manual uses accessible and amusing car metaphors. This manual should be in the hands of all males age 15 and older. But remember ladies, the guys are not trying to find a reason to screen, they’re trying to find a reason to avoid the hassle. That’s where you can help “maintain” him and see that he gets it done. The Cancer Prevention Manual for the Ultimate Thriving Machine takes a “rev-olutionary” approach, comparing seven common male cancers to automotive systems and outlines specific techniques to effectively prevent cancer deaths.
Seven preventable cancers in men are: Lung Cancer (air filter), Colon Cancer (exhaust system), Skin Cancer (paint job), Prostate Cancer (fuel injector), Bladder Cancer (radiator), Testicular Cancer (torque converter) and Oral Cancer (catalytic converter).
EXCERPTS FROM THE MANUAL:
Melanoma (Skin Cancer) is not your everyday run of the mill skin cancer (that’s basal cell skin cancer). Melanoma, if not detected and treated early can take your life-melanoma kills 5, 000 men each year. Follow these simple prevention and screening guidelines to protect your “paint job” and you.
RISK FACTORS: the number one risk factor is overexposure to sunlight and tanning booths.
PREVENTION: use sun screen during the burn zone from 10am to 4 pm
DETECTION: Skin cancer self exam
Testicular Cancer treatment is a success story. Twenty five years ago, testicular cancer killed more than 5,000 men annually. Today, due to early detection and treatment, only 400 men die each year. Monthly self exams are the key to being a real winner.
RISK FACTORS: Any male over 15 years old. Increased risk if you have an undescended testicle (you’re suppose to have two down there!) or family history of testicular cancer.
PREVENTION: No way to prevent unless you are XX chromosome (that’s genetic code for a GIRL!)
DETECTION: Testicular self exam
Colon Cancer-no man wants anyone tinkering with his exhaust system. But, in this case, it is necessary. Colon cancer is the No.3 killer among all male cancers. The good news is that the numbers are declining because men are stepping up and following screening guidelines. More than 90% of colon cancers are curable if detected early.
RISK FACTORS: Anyone 50 and older and having a colon (this means you!) should be screened.
DETECTION: colonoscopy, FIT test and reporting “muffler malfunctions” (rectal bleeding or persistent diarrhea)