Men And Cancer

Everything you need to reduce your risk of cancer – men's health made easy

Of the cancers that men and women ‘share’ (that is, all the cancers except the sex-specific ones and breast cancer, which is very rare in men), men are 56% more likely to develop one of these cancers and 67% more likely to die.

In truth, men are more likely to look after their cars than their own bodies. Not least with regular MOT checks.

Much the pity because many cancers can be prevented and most treated successfully if caught early. We need a Male MOT check and here it is for cancer. It arms you with the information you need to keep your body humming like a finely-tuned
engine, so you can reduce your risk and, where possible, prevent cancer.

It also gives you the tools to notice early warning signs that need to be checked out, so that little problems don’t become big problems.

The 36 page full colour A5 booklet, written by Dr Ian Banks with cartoons by Jim Campbell is full of simple, practical heart health tips that will reduce your cancer risk. (The cartoon on this page is by John Byrne.)

Men's Health Forum mini manuals: men’s health made easy.

Full contents list
  • Introduction
  • Reducing your risk of cancer
  • Detecting cancer early – some DIY checks
  • Prostate cancer
  • Bowel cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Testicular cancer

The Men's Health Forum is a member of the NHS England Information Standard. This manual has been peer-reviewed by our team of medics led by Dr John Chisholm, the Men's Health Forum's chair of trustees. You can have confidence that this is a reliable source of quality evidence-based health information.

The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.

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