Over the past few years, there has been a worrying, and little talked about trend; men are dying too young.
The state of men’s health is in crisis. Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier. Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute.
OUR FATHERS, PARTNERS, BROTHERS AND FRIENDS ARE FACING THIS HEALTH CRISIS AND IT’S NOT BEING TALKED ABOUT. WE CAN’T AFFORD TO STAY SILENT.
Men are notoriously poor in seeking advice, checking their own health and pro-actively treating any ailments. However, the fact that their mortality is increasing so dramatically should only encourage us all to give them the help they need, in spite of any reluctance they display.
Thankfully there is professional help available and charities like Movember are making a real difference. If we continue to help men we will see a 25% reduction in them dying prematurely by 2030.
What does this future look like? Half as many men dying from prostate and testicular cancer. Half as many men suffering serious side effects as a result of their treatment. A quarter fewer men dying from suicide. This is a huge step forward and we must continue on this path together.
How can men help themselves?
According to the charity Movember, there are five key things that men can do. They are
- Spend time with people who make you feel good
Staying connected with friends is important, checking in from time to time, making time for them and spending time together is good for you.
- Talk more
You don’t need to be an expert but being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be life-saving.
70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support, but only 48% say that they rely on their friends. In other words: we’re here for our mates, but worried about asking for help for ourselves. Reaching out is crucial.
- Know the numbers
At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are black or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45.
- Know your own body
Get to know your own testicles, check them regularly for lumps and bumps and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right.
- MOVE your body
Add more activity into your day. Do more of what makes you feel good. For example;
- Take a walking meeting or set up regular walks with a friend
- Park further away from the station or shops
- Get off the bus a stop or two earlier or walk instead of drive to local shops
- Instead of the lift, take the stairs
- Cycle to work instead of driving or go for a ride with a friend
You can read here more about Prostate cancer, it’s symptoms and how it is diagnosed.
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