Dear Dr Qureshi, What are some common men’s health issues that I should look out for?
With Father’s Day here we should all take a moment for the men in our lives whether they are our fathers, brothers, sons or friends. Men’s health is a serious issue, yet many men don’t see their doctor regularly. So, here are some pointers on what to look out for.
Coronary heart disease happens when your coronary arteries get narrower and reduce the blood flow to the heart. Usually, it’s the underlying cause of a heart attack. Coronary Heart Disease is actually the leading cause of death in Men in Australia, according to www.aihw.gov.au, making it worth getting checked. Warning signs to look out for are a feeling of squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in your chest. If you have experienced any of these symptoms then get checked by your doctor ASAP.
Movember isn’t far away, so be aware and get checked. In fact, did you know that you can now have a blood test to check your prostate? You don’t have to grow a moustache to be involved in Movember. Instead, book in with your GP and check in with your friends and family to make sure they are up to date with prostate checks as well. Overall, one in six men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer by their 85th Birthday.
Remember, prevention is always better than a cure.
According to Beyond Blue, the suicide rate is three times higher in males than females. In addition, 1 in 8 males will experience depression in their lifetimes. Despite this, many men don’t seek help and the stigma of mental health is still a problem. Don’t be afraid to check in with those around you and if you’re having a tough time then reach out. Remember, ‘it ain’t weak to speak’.
Have a chat with your GP or call the Lifeline 24hour crisis line on 13 11 14.
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