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Men’s Health

13 July 2015

In today’s fast paced, stressful world it’s all too easy to neglect your health and ignore niggles, aches and pains. However, it’s really important that we are all health conscious and aware of what is normal for us, so that we recognise any changes. If you know your body, then you can act early if something out-of-the-ordinary happens.

Men are often the weaker sex when it comes to looking after their own health. Research tell us that British men are more likely to be reluctant to access healthcare professionals until they have poor health, by which time their condition may have deteriorated unnecessarily. In the UK it is estimated that males visit their GP 20% less frequently than women.*

Apart from being more likely to suffer in silence, males are also more likely than women to both develop and die from cancer. The reasons for the increased risk in men compared to women are unknown, however, biological differences between men and women may be part of the explanation, as could differences in social factors that determine the risk of developing cancer, such as smoking, and the fact that men are less likely to seek diagnosis for the early signs of the disease than women.

Prostate cancer is currently the most common cancer in men in the UK with one man every hour dying from the disease in England.** Despite the frequency of the cancer, worryingly more than half of adults (54%) in the UK don’t know where the prostate is, and almost 9 out of 10 adults (88%) in Britain don’t know what the prostate gland does.***

Mr Vijay Sangar, Consultant Urological Surgeon at 52 Alderley Road, The Wilmslow Hospital comments: “There seems to be a worrying trend amongst men of burying their heads in the sand, hoping that the problem will go away and only accessing medical help when their condition has progressively worsened. I would encourage both men and women to visit their doctor if they notice any unusual or persistent changes in their body.

“Men should pay particular attention to symptoms such as passing urine more often than usual, especially at night, difficulty passing urine, including straining to pass it or stopping and starting which all can be indicators of prostate cancer. The best way to improve the outcome of any treatment is to make the diagnosis early and you can help your GP do this by being alert to changes.”

For more information or to book an appointment at 52 Alderley Road, The Wilmslow Hospital please call 01625 545 036.

 
References
*http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmpublic/health/memo/m83.htm
**http://prostatecanceruk.org/about-us/media-centre/about-prostate-cancer
***http://www.nhs.uk/news/2013/01January/Pages/Cancer-death-rates-are-a-third-higher-in-men.aspx

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