Men's Health - what you need to know
Top tips and reminder for us all of some simple warning signs that can prompt the early diagnosis of serious conditions such as diabetes and prostate cancer:
The best strategy is always prevention and this is why Men’s Health Service's are available at our Ramsay Hospitals. For most patients that come through the Men’s Health Check service, most receive a clean bill of health, but some can receive a diagnosis of early stage diseases in several patients. By catching these conditions early it allows for rapid treatment and regular monitoring, giving the best chance of recovery. The Men’s Health check includes screening for hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid and liver disease, and several cancers.
Our service screens thoroughly for clinically significant prostate cancer. Those with a family history of the disease or an Afro-Caribbean heritage are at a particular increased risk. If you have ever had a urinary tract infection this should be investigated. There could be an underlying urological problem including benign prostate enlargement or prostate cancer. Men are prone to ignoring urinary symptoms until they are quite advanced, so it is well worth discussing urinary symptoms with us or your GP. These symptoms may include urinary frequency, getting up to urinate regularly at night, straining to pass urine or a feeling of incomplete bladder emptying.
Men can pick up some key signs of urological disease through regular self-examination. Between the ages of 14 and 75 testicular self-examination should be undertaken once every fortnight to look for testicular cancer. There are even some useful resources on YouTube explaining how to do the examination. If you find a lump do not panic, leave it a day or two and then re-examine yourself. If the lump persists, call us to see a specialist or speak to your General Practitioner for advice.
Erectile dysfunction (difficulty in getting or sustaining satisfactory erections) is a very common and treatable problem. Unfortunately, owing to embarrassment or difficulty in finding local services, many men and their partners often suffer with this condition for far too long. Additionally there is a link between erectile dysfunction and heart disease and so a holistic review of cardiac risk factors should be undertaken, something which has been integrated into our Men’s Health service.
Lastly blood in the urine can be a sign of bladder cancer. If you see blood in the urine, even just the once, you must seek medical advice as soon as is practical so that an urologist can assess you.
These are just a few of the common problems we screen for on a regular basis. Every man will have his own concerns and desired outcomes and we always give the necessary time and attention to fully understand these.
Men’s Health check - early detection of serious health conditions is central to this service and includes:
• 'Q risk’ calculation of your risk of having a heart attack or stroke
• Full medical history
• Lifestyle assessment
• Screening for prostate and testicular cancer
• Blood and urine tests
• Cardiac assessment
• Blood pressure and diabetes
• production of a personalised report