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Colorectal problems Cancer of the colon or rectum is the third most common form of cancer among American men. Several tests are used to screen for colorectal cancer. They include a digital rectal exam; fecal occult blood test to look for blo

Colorectal problems

Cancer of the colon or rectum is the third most common form of cancer among American men. Several tests are used to screen for colorectal cancer. They include a digital rectal exam; fecal occult blood test to look for blood in the stool; sigmoidoscopy, which is an examination of the lower colon with a thin, flexible scope; barium enema with air contrast; and colonoscopy, an examination of the entire colon.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men 50 and older have a fecal occult blood test every year and a sigmoidoscopy every five years.

Testicular cancer

Routine screening by your health care provider and testicular self-exams have not been effective in reducing the death rate from testicular cancer, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Routine screening and testicular self-exams are not recommended for most healthy men.

Enlarged Prostate

The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from your bladder out of the body. As men age, their prostate keeps growing. This enlargement of the prostate can press on the urethra and cause difficulty in urination. African American men are especially prone to this condition.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says you should look for these symptoms of prostate enlargement:

    Frequent urination

    Difficulty in starting flow of urine

    Decreased force and thickness of urine stream

    Sleeplessness because of the need to urinate at night

    Dribbling after the end of urination


Prostate Cancer

Except for skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among American men. According to the National Cancer Institute, the following are considered at-risk groups: all men older than 50, but especially African Americans; men with a family history of prostate cancer; and men who eat a high-fat diet.

All men should talk with their health care provider about their potential risk and discuss an appropriate screening strategy. Periodic screenings using a digital rectal exam or a prostate specific antigen test may detect prostate cancer in its early stages.

If prostate cancer is confirmed, you may not need to have the prostate removed. Doctors will determine if the disease is limited to the prostate and recommend further treatment as needed.
Colorectal Problems

Cancer of the colon or rectum is the third most common form of cancer among American men. Several tests are used to screen for colorectal cancer. They include a digital rectal exam; fecal occult blood test to look for blood in the stool; sigmoidoscopy, which is an examination of the lower colon with a thin, flexible scope; barium enema with air contrast; and colonoscopy, an examination of the entire colon.

The American Cancer Society recommends that men 50 and older have a fecal occult blood test every year and a sigmoidoscopy every five years.

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