Common cancers that affect men

Prostate cancer

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in Ireland. Each year, about 3,300 men in Ireland are told they have prostate cancer. One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. If prostate cancer is found early, it can be treated and cured. Find out how to reduce your risk of prostate cancer.

About prostate cancer

Skin cancer

Every year about 4,000 men in Ireland get skin cancer. Skin cancer is more common in men than women. The good news is that skin cancer is almost totally preventable and when found early can be very successfully treated. Find out how to reduce your risk.

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Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is a relatively uncommon cancer. About 170 men in Ireland are diagnosed with testicular cancer each year. Unlike most other cancers however, the majority of testicular cancer occurs in men under 45 years. The good news is that if testicular cancer is detected early, it is very treatable and curable. Here's our visual guide to checking your testicles.

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Bowel cancer

Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in men, with about 1,400 cases diagnosed each year. We know a lot about preventing bowel cancer and a lot about finding bowel cancer early. Maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, eating well and drinking less alcohol are all things men can do to reduce their risk of bowel cancer. Find out how to reduce your risk.

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Lung cancer

Lung cancer: Despite a significant decline in lung cancer deaths among men, it is still the leading cause of cancer death among men in Ireland. Lung cancer is mostly a preventable disease, with cigarette smoking by far the main cause. Find out how to reduce your risk.

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Mouth, head and neck cancer

Mouth, head and neck cancer refers to cancers found in tissues of the mouth, head and neck. These cancers are rare with about 250 men being diagnosed in Ireland each year. The exact cause of mouth, head and neck cancer is unknown, but there are risk factors that can increase your chance of developing the disease. The good news is that you can learn about the changes you can make to your lifestyle to reduce your risk of mouth, head and neck cancer.

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Date Last Reviewed: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016