Men's Health Lessons From Michael Douglas' Cancer Diagnosis

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by Laura Nathan-Garner, MD Anderson Staff Writer

You've probably seen in recent news reports: Actor Michael Douglas is undergoing treatment for throat cancer. News of his diagnosis has led many people to seek information about throat cancer -- its symptoms, its causes and whether they're at risk.

Douglas, for the record, says he believes alcohol is most likely to blame for his cancer.
His story offers a good reminder for all men -- there's no time like the present to start making changes to improve your health.

FOH_doctorguyCancer, after all, is the second-leading cause of death among men in the United States, right behind heart disease. Luckily, by exercising, eating healthy, seeing a doctor regularly and getting routine cancer screenings, men can boost their odds of beating this disease. Men can find tips to help monitor their health and stay active in this month's issue of Focused on Health, MD Anderson's online healthy living newsletter.

Get our recommendations for some of the best group fitness classes for men, as well as helpful advice for encouraging doctor-wary men to get the lifesaving medical tests they need. You'll also learn how to use the PSA test to track trends over time and get answers from an MD Anderson expert on common prostate health questions.

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