Rush Radiosurgery: June is Men's Health Month


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June is dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of the preventable health problems men face while encouraging men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease or injury.

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Rush Radiosurgery: June is Men's Health Month

  1. 1. June is!500  South  Paulina  Street  Chicago,  IL  60612          (312)  942-­‐4600  
  2. 2. National Men’s Health Month June is dedicated to raising awareness and prevention of the preventable health problems men face while encouraging men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease or injury. Please note: We encourage consumers to thoroughly review and understand all treatment options. The information presented here is not all-inclusive. Rather, it represents a starting point to learn more about medical conditions and treatment options. There is no substitute for consulting a medical professional. 500  South  Paulina  Street  Chicago,  IL  60612          (312)  942-­‐4600  
  3. 3. Men’s Health by the Numbers33.9 Percentage of men 116,470 20 years and over who are obese. - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Estimated new cases of 48.1 Estimatedmillion men who lung cancer in 2012. 45are pre-diabetic. - The American Cancer Society- American Heart Association The percentage that men70 The age when the risk of high ages 18-44 are less likely to visit a physician as blood pressure begins to climb compared to women. in men. - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 500  South  Paulina  Street  Chicago,  IL  60612          (312)  942-­‐4600  
  4. 4. The Top Health-Related Causes of Death in Males Heart disease Risk factors include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and excessive alcohol consumption. Cancer The leading cancers in men include lung cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer. Stroke Up to 50 percent of all strokes are preventable. Risk factors include uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking. Diabetes In the past 30 years the incidence of diabetes has doubled. Having diabetes increases the danger of heart diseases and is associated with impaired circulation, eye diseases, and nerve damage. 500  South  Paulina  Street  Chicago,  IL  60612          (312)  942-­‐4600  
  5. 5. Prevention: Take Charge of Your Health •  Make small changes every day to improve your diet and exercise: Try biking to work, swapping out soda for water, or smoking one less cigarette. •  See your doctor regularly: Know when it’s time for screening tests and don’t be afraid to ask questions. •  Be dedicated to your mental well-being: Mental health is just as important as physical health. Know the signs of depression and speak up if you need help. •  Educate yourself: Research the risk factors associated with high blood pressure and cholesterol, stroke, diabetes and different cancers to lower your risk of diagnosis. •  Be tobacco free: Don’t give up on your efforts to quit smoking. 500  South  Paulina  Street  Chicago,  IL  60612          (312)  942-­‐4600  
  6. 6. Know Your Risks: The leading cancers in menLung CancerNine out of 10 lung cancer deaths are due to smoking. You can reduce your risk of lungcancer by avoiding cigarettes and secondhand smoke and testing your home for radon.Prostate CancerProstate cancer is the second-most common cancer in men. Prostate cancer risks vary andcan include age, family history and other factors.Colon CancerThis cancer is largely preventable through screening. Beginning at age 50, men shouldundergo routine screening. Screening tests for colorectal cancer can find precancerouspolyps so they can be removed immediately.Skin CancerSkin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Avoid skin cancer byprotecting your skin with sunscreen, shade, sunglasses, hats, and sun-protective clothing. 500  South  Paulina  Street  Chicago,  IL  60612          (312)  942-­‐4600  
  7. 7. A Focus on Lung CancerLung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. The vast majority of lungcancers are malignant and known as carcinomas.Risk Factors Lung Cancer Stats•  Smoking and secondhand smoke: Cigarette smoking accounts for 90 percent of lung cancers. Secondhand smoke can also be 14 percent of all cancers are lung cancers. lethal. About 3,000 people in the US die from lung cancer due to secondhand smoke annually. New male cases of lung cancer expected in 2012. 116,470•  Exposure to radon: Radon, a naturally occurring gas from rock and dirt, causes 1 in 13 men will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime. about 20,000 cases of lung cancer each year.•  Family history: If family members have had lung cancer, the risk of also developing lung The average age at the time of a lung cancer diagnosis. 71 cancer can increase. From the American Cancer Society 500  South  Paulina  Street  Chicago,  IL  60612          (312)  942-­‐4600  
  8. 8. Lung Cancer Treatment: Take Charge of Your Diagnosis Because lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death in men, it’s important to understand your treatment options. Conventional Surgery: A standard treatment for lung cancer patients who are otherwise in good health. Surgery typically involves removal of the tumor, as well as a portion of the patient’s lung. Some patients have small tumors that can be removed surgically, but they may suffer from other medical problems that prevent them from being surgical candidates or they may be opposed to surgery. External Beam Radiation Therapy: For patients who cannot tolerate surgery, external beam radiation therapy is typically recommended, although this treatment can be lengthy and difficult for some patients to endure. EBRT delivers radiation to a tumor, but also encompasses a large margin of normal tissue. Treatments are completed over the course of several weeks. Stereotactic Radiosurgery: A noninvasive treatment option for medically inoperable lung cancer. Stereotactic radiosurgery systems like TrueBeam STx deliver high-dose radiation precisely to a tumor while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Treatment is completed in five or less treatment sessions. 500  South  Paulina  Street  Chicago,  IL  60612          (312)  942-­‐4600  
  9. 9. How to Participate in Men’s Health Month Wear Blue. Organize a day with your coworkers, friends or family to wear blue. Find out more here. Spread the Word. Talk to your male family members, friends, and coworkers about their health. Get Active. Organize a fitness event to get the men in your life moving. 500  South  Paulina  Street  Chicago,  IL  60612          (312)  942-­‐4600  
  10. 10. Our Center Rush Radiosurgery opened in March 2012 on the campus of Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) in downtown Chicago. The center is a clinical service of RUMC and was developed through a joint venture between the hospital and US Radiosurgery. Rush Radiosurgery is part of Rush’s renowned radiation oncology program. Our center frequently treats lung cancer. Call or visit the website to learn more about TrueBeam STx treatment for lung cancer. Medical Director: Dr. Aidnag Diaz RUMC Chairman of Radiation Oncology: Dr. Ross Abrams Nurse: Felicia PautschOther Resources 500  South  Paulina  Street  Chicago,  IL  60612          (312)  942-­‐4600