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4 Key Steps to Keep Your Hubby Healthy

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Keeping Your Husband Healthy, Woman putting sunscreen on man for cancer prevention

Curb His Cancer Risk

Staying on track with cancer screenings may help extend your hubby's life. See if he is due for these screenings:

  • Skin cancer and other cancers - All men ages 20 and older should have periodic doctor visits that include a cancer-related check-up for cancers of the skin, thyroid, oral cavity, lymph nodes, and testes.
  • Colorectal cancer - Screenings should start at age 50, or earlier if he has a family history of it. Colonoscopies certainly aren't pleasant, but they are only needed once every 10 years.
  • Prostate cancer - A prostate screening many not be necessary for your man, unless his father or brother had prostate cancer before age 65. He should talk with his doctor at age 45 about what is right for him.

He can slash his cancer risk by quitting tobacco use, limiting his alcohol consumption to a max of two drinks a day, eating well, exercising, wearing sunscreen, and visiting his doctor regularly.

Many men avoid medical check-ups like the plague. Remind your guy that visiting his doctor at least every two years, taking any prescribed medications, and having recommended screenings will help him avoid medical attention down the road.

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