With six men diagnosed every day, testicular cancer is the most common cancer for men between 25 – 49 years old. Men need to get to know their nuts! Testicular cancer is a highly treatable disease if caught early, so early detection and knowing the risks is key. Men should be checking their testicles once a month, know what feels normal and go to the doctor if they notice any change. Look out for a swelling or a lump, any pain when feeling the testicle, unusual heaviness or any change in shape or size. Most lumps and bumps are not cancer, but if something doesn’t feel right, see a doctor.
Chat to your GP
Every hour in the UK, one man dies from prostate cancer. One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives, and if detected late, survival rate beyond five years drops from 98 per cent on early detection to a mere 26 per cent. At 50, men should be talking to their doctor about prostate cancer and whether they should consider a PSA test. For black men and men with a father or brother who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, this conversation should be had at 45.
Spend time with friends
Shockingly, 13 men a day take their own lives. 78 per cent of all suicides are men and one in eight men in the UK have experienced a mental health problem. Men need to better value their friendships and connections. Mates are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check in and make time.
We know that gender is one of the strongest and most consistent predictors of health and life expectancy. For men, this is not good news. Regular movement and increasing physical activity every day is critical to improving the health of men. Today, 75 per cent of premature deaths from coronary heart disease are male. Two thirds of men are overweight or obese. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle is paramount to long term health. One of the best things that men can do for their health is to stay active.
Know your numbers
The outcome of a diagnosis can often be impacted heavily by when the illness is detected. Getting to know health numbers and tracking them, to make sure that they stay in the healthy range can lower the risk of a number of diseases.
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