In the right-hand menu, we’ve listed the common illnesses and problems affecting men’s health. Men are statistically less likely to visit their doctor or know about their bodies than women so we urge you to use this site to inform yourself.
Many men only end up in a doctor’s office because they were forced to by loved ones or because a stomach pain or backache, for example, became unbearable and wouldn’t go away. Men will typically look after their car better than themselves! When did your car last have a check up – and when did you?
Men often believe they are less at risk to disease and injury than women. This isn’t true. Statistics show that men’s health has become a matter of serious concern. Life expectancy for men is now lower that of women.
Secondly, the male population has historically been raised to be tough and show no weakness. This can result in hiding feelings and illness, and ignoring pain. Added pressures from work, money worries and family commitments only adds to that.
Therefore, the first thing a man can do to help their health is to talk about it, get it checked and ask for help. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing, the next best thing you can do is to educate yourself on men’s health.
There are three main types of cancer that can affect men only: prostate, penile and testicular. All of these can be cured when caught in the early stages. Don’t put your head in the sand hoping symptoms will go away. Get checked.
Men should become aware of their bodies so any changes can be noticed quickly and advice given if needed. If you happen to find a lump it is most likely to be benign (non-cancerous). A common lump in the skin is a sebaceous cyst, which you can get anywhere. It’s painless unless it becomes infected.
Another common lump is a lipoma, which is filled with fat. This lump is again harmless and needs no surgery.
If a lump appears at the top of the thigh or next to the scrotum, this can be a hernia. If it causes pain, it will need treating. Some lumps can be cancerous so you should always visit your doctor for advice to rule out any concerns or begin treatment early. Click on the topics to the right to learn more.
Good health depends greatly on our lifestyles, what we eat and how much exercise we get. A balanced diet is essential to good health and keeping cholesterol levels down. However, it is also very important to have regular check-ups, either at your doctors or a Well Man clinic. Ask your doctor where your nearest Well Man clinic is located.
A Well Man clinic will usually carry out tests for cholesterol, high blood pressure and weight monitoring. They also offer screening and support for more sensitive issues such as infertility, contraception and male-only cancers like prostate cancer.
All visits to a WellMan clinic are treated with strictest confidence.
A variety of men’s health tests can be carried out at home or by a professional. From STD tests and sperm tests to prostate tests, cholesterol tests and liver tests, there are a variety of measures you can take to monitor your health. Take a look at our home health test products to learn more and always speak to a GP first if you are concerned.