Men tend to “skip” cancer screenings

Do not do it! It can cost you your life.   

The large number of men who receive a diagnosis of cancer on a daily basis is alarming. And it is very sad to learn that studies and statistics show that cancer causes death in a greater proportion than women, because men do not get the tests or the necessary controls to detect the diseases and prevent the complications of health with the same frequency as them. How long have you not visited the doctor? Keep reading and discover why you should not be afraid of the white coat.

This week Nélida could not take it anymore and sought psychiatric help to get out of the great depression in which she has fallen a few months ago. In just over a year she had to face the death of her husband and her eldest son, due to prostate cancer in one and lung in the other. So much suffering could have been avoided if both had gone to the doctor in time.

And it is that men tend not to complain or do controls, a kind of cultural issue, since we are accustomed to men are strong and “do not cry”, as we tell you in this other article of Life and Health , although this idea should have already gone down in history.

Another factor that can discourage men from studying is the lack of information, since in general there are many campaigns for women, such as the one that warns about breast cancer, but not so much information is disseminated about the different types of cancer. affecting men , among whom prostate cancer , the lung cancer , the cancer of colon and stomach cancer are at the top of the list.

A study published in the  American Journal of Men’s Health reveals that men are less willing than women to have exploratory tests for cancer, although they have higher cancer death rates.

In parallel, the study also found that when men receive details about cancer screening procedures, they are a little more likely to participate in them than those of the opposite sex.

To arrive at these results, the researchers conducted a telephone survey of almost 1,150 adults, most of whom were 30 to 59 years old and 35 percent were men, in the cities of New York and Baltimore (United States). and in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Another study published in a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research ( American Association for Cancer Research ) called Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention detailing cancers that show the greatest difference in mortality rates of men compared to women. In detail, for each woman who dies of each of the following cancers, approximately die:

  • 5 men of lip cancer or oral cancer
  • 5 men with laryngeal cancer
  • 4 men of hypopharyngeal cancer
  • 4 men of esophageal  cancer (esophageal cancer)
  • 3 men with bladder cancer .

According to this same study, which considered the SEER database for 36 types of cancer, taking into account sex and age, the types of cancer with the highest mortality rate also showed more risk of death in men than in women.

In detail, for every woman at risk of dying from lung and bronchial cancer, there are 2.31 men at risk of developing it; There are 1.42 men for every woman at risk of dying from colon and rectal cancer; For each woman at risk of dying from pancreatic cancer there are 1.37 men, the number rises to 1.75 men at risk of dying of leukemia for each woman with this risk, and it is even higher, of 2.23, in the case of liver cancer and intrahepatic bile ducts.

Both men and women can adopt healthy habits to prevent cancer, with exercise and a healthy diet , among other things, and in both cases the most important thing is early detection. The sooner you discover that something is not right in your body, the more chances you will have to fight it and obtain better results. It is also very important that you are aware of your cancer control tests (prostate or colorectal, for example). Your family doctor can guide you during your annual physical examination and indicate them according to your age and your risk factors .

Are you still not convinced of the importance of taking care of yourself? Cheer up! A brave man is not exactly the one who pains the most, but he who does everything possible to avoid them so as not to suffer and so that his loved ones do not suffer either.

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