A guide to preventing & reducing cancer in men

A guide to preventing cancer in men

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

More information

Click on the links below for more detailed information about specific cancers or download our brochure - Men and Cancer  (pdf 373 kB)

Talk to someone who’s been thereHelpline 13 11 20

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.