Men’s Health Q & A
What is men’s health?
The majority of men’s health problems are the same as those experienced by women, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and infections.
However, certain conditions affect men either exclusively or to a far greater extent. These conditions are grouped under the umbrella term men’s health.
What kind of health problems affect men?
One of the chief problems specific to men is erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence, which is the inability to achieve and maintain an erection when you wish to have sex. An odd, infrequent occurrence of ED isn’t normally anything to worry about, but if you’re experiencing more frequent episodes of ED, you should visit Alexandria Immediate Care for a checkup.
You could have problems with low levels of the male hormone testosterone, a narrowing of the blood vessels supplying the penis, or an underlying condition like heart disease or diabetes that needs treating. You can also discuss any other performance issues with your provider, such as premature ejaculation, as well as family planning options and sexual health.
What kinds of cancer are men likely to get?
Certain cancers are specific to men, including prostate cancer and testicular cancer, whereas others affect men and women but are more likely to develop in men. Colorectal cancer is an example of a disease that affects both sexes but for which men have a greater risk.
Screening for the polyps in the colon that are the first markers of colorectal cancer could save your life, as this form of cancer responds well to early intervention. Unfortunately, many men die every year as a result of not attending regular screenings.
Cancers that are specific to men include:
Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men, and while in most cases, development of the tumor is relatively slow, there are aggressive types of prostate cancer that develop far more quickly.
The best way to prevent prostate cancer from becoming life-threatening is to get regular screenings at Alexandria Immediate Care. This is particularly important for men over 40 who have family members who’ve have had the disease. However, all men over 50 should have a regular prostate exam.
Testicular cancer is much less likely to affect you than prostate cancer, but as it’s easily detectable during a simple examination of the testicles, it’s best to have yourself checked from the age of 20.
To keep yourself well and prevent the types of medical problems that typically affect men’s health, book yourself a checkup at Alexandria Immediate Care. Call today, or schedule a consultation online.