Test Your Male-Health Smarts

Just in time for Men’s Health Month in June, this four-question true-or-false quiz.
Test Your Male Health Smarts

In 2012, Americans’ average life expectancy was 78.8, but for a certain group it was only 76.4—and they’re reportedly 24 percent less likely than others to have visited a doctor in the past year. They’re called men, and if you happen to be one—or have one in your life—you should understand the health issues they face. Thus, just in time for Men’s Health Month in June, this fourquestion true-or-false quiz:

1. Testicular cancer develops only in young men.

False. While almost half of the males who contract this disease are between ages 20 and 34, it can strike at any age. (Fortunately, a man’s lifetime risk is small; about 1 out of every 263 males will develop testicular cancer. Usually it can be treated successfully. Men who notice changes in their testicles should check with their doctor just in case.)

2. Experts agree that all men must be screened for prostate cancer with the prostate-specific anti gen (PSA) blood test.

False. In 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against this test for universal screening, changing its previous recommendation for men under age 75 from neutral to negative. They decided that the test’s benefits, on balance, don’t outweigh its potential harms. These, explains the National Cancer Institute, include the danger of overtreatment with needless exposure to “potential complications and harmful side effects of treatments” and the risk of false-positive and false-negative results.

3. Men are less physically active than women.

False. Surprised? Males still hold the lead when it comes to exercise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adults between ages 18 and 64 need two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as walking, weekly and two or more days a week of musclestrengthening activities. Recent figures show that men meet these goals 52.1 percent of the time, women only 42.6 percent.

4. Men still develop lung cancer at a higher rate than women.

True. In 2011, there were 64.8 new cases per 100,000 in the population among men and just 48.6 among women. (As smoking rates have come down, this disease has fortunately been on the decrease in both sexes, after peaking in men in 1984 and in women in 1998.)

Sources: American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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