Sunday, June 19, 2011

For All the Dads

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Happy Father's Day from the American Cancer Society

New York, N.Y. (June 19, 2011) – Celebrate the men in your life this Father’s Day and how much you love them by helping them stay healthy. June is Men’s Health Month – the perfect time to remind the special men in your life to schedule important cancer screenings.

Even better, fathers and sons should go together so you both get the cancer screenings you need.

The American Cancer Society recommends the following for cancer prevention and early detection; you can stay well and reduce your risk for cancer.

Consider slipping these health tips in your Father’s Day card to show your dad how much you care.

Physical activity
Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity five or more days a week. More is even better.

• Healthy diet
Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and maintain a healthy weight throughout life.
• Colon cancer
Beginning at age 50, talk to your doctor about getting tested for colon cancer. If colon cancer is found in the earliest stages, the survival rate is 90 percent.
• Prostate cancer
If you’re 50 or older, discuss the risks and benefits of screening with your doctor. African-American men and men who have a strong family history of prostate cancer should talk with their doctors at age 45.
• No smoking
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women. Reduce your risk by not smoking or using tobacco products.
• Skin cancer
When detected in its earliest stages and treated properly, skin cancer is highly curable. Use sunscreen and limit or avoid exposure to ultraviolet rays during the midday hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Regular doctor visits
A routine physical is the perfect time to ask your doctor about other ways to remain healthy.
Help keep the special men in your life healthy so they’ll be around for many more Father’s Days to come. Call the American Cancer Society anytime, day or night, at 800-227-2345 or visit

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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