About 56,000 Australian men are diagnosed with cancer each year.
The most common cancers are prostate, bowel, melanoma and lung cancer. The risk for a man being diagnosed with cancer before age 75 is 1 in 3 and before age 85 is 1 in 2.
Ways for men to lower the risk of cancer
There is no way to guarantee that you won’t get cancer but there are steps you can take to reduce your overall risk.
- Quit smoking today or better still never start
Call the Quitline 13 78 48.
- Protect yourself from the sun in 5 ways
Slip, slop, slap, slide, seek.
- Maintain a healthy weight and diet
Enjoy a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, fruit and a variety of wholegrain, wholemeal and high fibre foods.
- Maintain a regular exercise plan
Aim for 30 minutes of exercise, preferably more, on most days of the week.
- Reduce your alcohol intake
The recommendation for men is no more than 2 standard drinks a day. And try to have at least 1 or 2 alcohol-free days a week.
- Visit your GP
Get to know your body and what is normal for you, and see your doctor when you notice any changes.
- Have any recommended screening tests
Cancer Screening Program 1800 188 868 or visit www.cancerscreening.gov.au
Click on the links below for more detailed information about specific cancers or download our brochure – Men & Cancer (pdf 373 kB)
Talk to someone who’s been there
If you are diagnosed with cancer, you might find it helpful to talk to a man who has had a similar experience. Cancer Council Connect is a free, confidential service with trained volunteers providing one-to-one emotional support and practical information for people with cancer. For more information call the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.