“British men are paying the price for neglecting their health: more than 100,000 men a year die prematurely.
On average, men go to their GP half as often as women. It’s important to be aware of changes to your health, and to see your GP immediately if you notice something that’s not right.” Find out more
It’s estimated that one man in 10 has a problem related to having sex, such as premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction. Dr John Tomlinson of The Sexual Advice Association explains some of the causes, and where to seek help.
Testicular cancer, though the most common cancer in young men, it is still quite rare. With 2000 new cases being diagnosed each year, this makes it the biggest cause of cancer related death in 15 – 35-year-old males. It accounts for around 70 deaths a year within the UK alone.
What to Look Out For
The most common symptom of testicular cancer is swelling or a pea- sized lump in one of the testes (balls). There is no current screening test therefore it is important that you look out for the following signs and symptoms:
A dull ache, or sharp pain, in your testicles, or scrotum, which may come and go.
A feeling of heaviness in your scrotum.
A dull ache in your lower abdomen.
A sudden collection of fluid in your scrotum.
Fatigue, and generally feeling unwell.
Each year about 36,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer, making it the most common cancer in men. It mainly affects men aged over 50.
Difficulty in starting to pass urine.
A weak, sometimes intermittent flow of urine.
Dribbling of urine before and after urinating.
A frequent or urgent need to pass urine.
Rarely, blood in your urine or semen and pain when passing urine.
These symptoms aren’t always caused by prostate cancer but if you have them, see your GP.
Find out more about the symptoms, causes and diagnosis of prostate cancer by using the resources below.
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to get and maintain an erection that is sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse.
ED is a very common condition, particularly in older men. It is estimated that half of all men between the ages of 40 and 70 will have it to some degree.
Why does erectile dysfunction happen?
ED can have a range of causes that can be both physical and mental (psychological). Physical causes include:
narrowing of the blood vessels going to the penis – commonly associated with high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol or diabetes hormonal problems surgery or injury
Psychological causes of ED include:
anxiety depression relationship problems
Although you may be embarrassed, it is important that a healthcare professional diagnoses ED so that the cause can be identified.
ED can usually be diagnosed after a consultation with your GP. This will involve answering questions about your symptoms, as well as a physical examination and some simple tests.
An NHS Health Check aims to help you lower your risk of four common but often preventable diseases: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. It’s for adults in England aged between 40 and 74 who haven’t already been diagnosed with any of those four diseases.
If you’re eligible for an NHS Health Check, you’ll be invited for a check once every five years. At the check, your risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes will be assessed, and you’ll be offered personalised advice and support to help you lower that risk.
The introduction of NHS Health Check across England started in 2009, but full implementation of the programme will take some time and is not expected until 2012/13. This means that some people may not receive their invitation to the check until after this time. Local Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) will decide who to invite first, and how to contact people.
In the meantime, if you’re worried about your health, contact your GP in the usual way.
The checks are likely to be offered in GP surgeries and some local pharmacies. They may also be offered at other suitable and accessible locations in your community.
You can find out more about how to get the check in NHS Health Check and you.