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5 Common Men's Health Problems You Can Avoid

Skin Cancer

Some readers might be surprised to find this condition on our list. After all, it's generally women who sunbathe. While women are also susceptible to skin cancer, it is actually the No. 1 cancer in men over age 50 [source: Skin Cancer Foundation]. This is, in part, because men spend the most time outdoors -- either through vocation or recreation. And it may also be that men's skin is more sensitive to ultraviolet light than women's [source: DeNoon].

There are a number of skin cancer risks you can't control -- for example, being fair skinned, having a lot of moles or a family history of skin cancer. You are also unable to correct how much sun exposure you may have had in the past, which can influence risk level. However, there are many preventive measures you can take right now to reduce your risk [source: Mayo Clinic]. These include:

  • Wear sunscreen every day: You may be tempted to only wear your SPF in the summer, but UVA and UVB rays can still damage your skin during other months as well. Don't forget to wear it on overcast days, too.
  • Cut back on outdoor time during peak hours: For those of us in North America, the sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Cover up: Broad-brimmed hats and tightly knit clothing are more likely to protect your skin than other types of apparel. So when you're out on the golf course, you're better off wearing a classic Sam Snead-style hat than the baseball caps Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson favor.

Our final preventable condition is the top killer of men. Keep reading to learn more.