Heart Disease

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One in every four male deaths in the U.S. is due to heart disease. It is the number one killer of both men and women.Heart disease can affect men and women differently. For example, men are much more likely to have a sudden cardiac event, such as a heart attack. What’s more, 50 percent of men who die suddenly from heart disease don’t have any previous symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to visit your doctor regularly and get screened for heart disease risk factors.

Lung Cancer

In the U.S.,lung cancer kills more men and women than any other type of cancer. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease than women. Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer.Often, lung cancer doesn’t cause any symptoms until it’s already advanced. A screening test may detect it in its early stages, when it’s most treatable.

Prostate Cancer

The second most common cause of cancer death among men is prostate cancer. About one in five men will have prostate cancer, but most of these are older men who will die of other causes. Most men with prostate cancer don’t have any symptoms early on. Discuss your risk with your doctor.

Kidney Stones

Men are about twice as likely as women to have kidney stones. A kidney stone develops when chemicals in the urine form a hard, solid mass. You may be at risk for kidney stones if you:

  Don’t drink enough water

  Exercise too much or too little

  Are obese

  Eat too much salt or sugar

If you think you may have a kidney stone, contact your doctor. Many kidney stones pass on their own, but some require treatments to break them up or procedures to remove them..

Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections are common and may occur in men, women or children. A urinary tract infection happens when bacteria enter the opening of a person's urethra and multiply in their urinary tract. A person's urinary tract involves not only their urethra, but their kidneys and bladder. Urinary tract infections that develop into kidney infections can become painful and quite serious.

Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism is a chronic disease that is also known as, 'Alcohol Dependence,' and is potentially fatal. Characteristics of an alcoholic include the inability to stop drinking despite psychological, medical or social complications; an increased tolerance for alcohol, drinking in excessive amounts, and the presence of withdrawal symptoms when the person stops drinking. The person may drink when it is dangerous to, such as when they drive, and their drinking may cause family and other social problems. Five times as many men are dependent on alcohol as women in America.

Smoking

Smoking produces short-term effects such as respiratory illnesses like colds, coughs, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Children exposed to second-hand smoke from adult smokers experience higher rates of ear infections, asthma, and lower respiratory infections than children who live with non-smokers. The long-term effects of smoking are extensive, including a number of diseases that have been linked specifically to smoking. Smoking causes cancers of the lungs, mouth, throat, kidneys, bladder, stomach, pancreas, and cervix. Approximately one-third of all forms of cancer have been linked to smoking and tobacco use in general. Ninety-percent of lung cancers have been linked to smoking. Smoking causes Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Emphysema, and Chronic Bronchitis, and also doubles the risk for stroke.

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