4 Common Health Problems in Men

This Father’s Day, let’s celebrate Dad by encouraging his good health. Men, be sure to discuss your risk for these four conditions with your doctor.

Male Health ProblemsHeart Disease

One in every four male deaths in the U.S. is due to heart disease. It is the number one killer of both men and women.

Heart disease can affect men and women differently. For example, men are much more likely to have a sudden cardiac event, such as a heart attack. What’s more, 50 percent of men who die suddenly from heart disease don’t have any previous symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to visit your doctor regularly and get screened for heart disease risk factors.

Lung Cancer

In the U.S., lung cancer kills more men and women than any other type of cancer. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease than women. Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer.

Often, lung cancer doesn’t cause any symptoms until it’s already advanced. A screening test may detect it in its early stages, when it’s most treatable.

Prostate Cancer

The second most common cause of cancer death among men is prostate cancer. About one in five men will have prostate cancer, but most of these are older men who will die of other causes. Most men with prostate cancer don’t have any symptoms early on. Discuss your risk with your doctor.

Kidney Stones

Men are about twice as likely as women to have kidney stones. A kidney stone develops when chemicals in the urine form a hard, solid mass. You may be at risk for kidney stones if you:

  • Don’t drink enough water
  • Exercise too much or too little
  • Are obese
  • Eat too much salt or sugar

If you think you may have a kidney stone, contact your doctor. Many kidney stones pass on their own, but some require treatments to break them up or procedures to remove them.

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