The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment among men and boys.
Did you know that men, on average, die almost five years earlier than women? Part of the reason is that men are typically more reluctant to go to the doctor. In fact, studies show that women go to the doctor twice as much as men.
Additionally, Men’s Health Network notes that certain conditions are more prevalent in men, which patients and their doctors should keep an eye on through regular appointments.
“Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide,” says Janbay. “It is increasingly being diagnosed, at least in part, due to the Prostate-Specific Antigen, or PSA test used to screen for prostate cancer. This is a good tool for early detection.”
Many prostate cancers grow slowly and are confined to the prostate gland, where they may not cause serious harm. However, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.
Prostate cancer that’s detected early — when it’s still confined to the prostate gland — has the best chance for successful treatment. This type of cancer may cause no signs or symptoms in its early stages. More advanced disease may cause signs and symptoms such as:
- Trouble urinating
- Decreased force in the stream of urine
- Blood in the urine
- Blood in the semen
- Bone pain
- Losing weight without trying
- Erectile dysfunction
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any persistent signs or symptoms that worry you.
Testicular cancer is rare compared with other types of cancer, but it is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 35. Testicular cancer is highly treatable, even when cancer has spread beyond the testicle. The signs and symptoms of testicular cancer include:
- A lump or enlargement in either testicle
- A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
- A dull ache in the abdomen or groin
- A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
- Pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum
- Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts
- Back pain
This type of cancer usually affects only one testicle. See your doctor if you detect any pain, swelling or lumps in your testicles or groin area, especially if these signs and symptoms last longer than two weeks.
INTEGRIS Health hopes awareness campaigns like Men’s Health Month, will encourage men to take control of their health with proper screenings and care.