Men's Health - what you need to know
Ahead of Movember and the forthcoming Men’s Health Open Evening at Oaks Hospital on 15th November, I thought I would give some top tips and remind us all of some simple warning signs that can prompt the early diagnosis of serious conditions such as bladder and testicular cancer.
The best strategy is always prevention and this is why I run the Men’s Health Service at the Oaks Hospital. The service has been running since 2011 and in that time I have had the pleasure of seeing many patients. For most, I am pleased to offer a clean bill of health but I have also diagnosed early stage disease in several patients. By catching these conditions early it allows for rapid treatment and regular monitoring, giving the best chance of recovery. This includes picking up clinically significant prostate cancer, often through screening of patients with a family history of the disease.
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. 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. It the lump persists call us here at Oaks hospital and see a specialist or speak to your General Practitioner for advice.
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.
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 a urologist can assess you.
These are just a few of the common problems I see or screen for on a regular basis. Every man will have his own concerns and desired outcomes and I always take the necessary time and attention to fully understand these. I hope you will be able to join me for the open meeting. I look forward to meeting you!
Mr Zafar Maan, Consultant Urologist
To book onto our Men's Health event please call us on 01206 932 690 or complete the online form here.