Across the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Which means that it doesn’t have to be that way: we can all take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives.
How? Here are our top four things to know, and do.
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Take action, stay connected, and look after your mental health.
Establishing and maintaining relationships, talking about the hard stuff in life and taking action when times are tough are proven ways for men stay mentally healthy and cope with the stress of everyday life. Good overall health and well-being is linked to not only to better mental health but also reduces the likelihood of suicide.
1. Make man time.
Stay connected. Your mates are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check in and make time.
You don’t need to be an expert and you don’t have to be the sole solution, but being there for someone listening and giving your time can be life saving.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in New Zealand men. Know the facts and take action early.
3. 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 of African or Caribbean descent or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.
Early detection is key.
The difference between early detection and late detection can be life and death.
Detecting prostate cancer
Not everyone experiences symptoms of prostate cancer. Many times, signs of prostate cancer are first detected by a doctor during a routine check-up.
Some men, however, will experience changes in urinary or sexual function that might indicate the presence of prostate cancer.
Signs and symptoms
- A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
- Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine
- Painful or burning urination
- Difficulty in having an erection
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
- Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
In most cases, the outcome for men with testicular cancer is positive, but a 95% chance of survival is no comfort to the 1 man in 20 who won’t make it.
Know the facts and take action early. Testicular cancer strikes young, it is the most common cancer affecting young men aged 15-35.
The best thing you can do for your testicles is give them a feel on a regular basis, and if something doesn't seem right, head to the doctor.
4. Know Thy Nuts.
Get to know what’s normal for your testicles. Give them a check regularly and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right.