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Men’s Health | Essential Check-ups


MEN’S MOT F


or both men and women it’s important to be on the lookout for telltale signs that might suggest all is not


With men only half as likely to visit their GP as women, it is perhaps unsurprising that more than


100,000 men each year die prematurely. However, men who self-check regularly are far more likely to catch dangerous conditions early than those who


don’t. Dr Chris gives advice about the more common symptoms to look out for.


well in your body. That way, you can book an appointment with your GP immediately if you notice that something isn’t right. Here are fi ve important health symptoms for men to look out for:


A lump on your testicle Testicular cancer is the commonest


cancer in men aged 20-35, and some 2,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with the condition each year. Self- examination on a regular basis is recommended, and if you notice a lump or abnormality on one of your testicles you should make an appointment to see your GP straight away. The majority of testicular lumps and cysts are not cancerous, however, it’s best to be on the safe side, as treatment for testicular cancer is much more effective if the condition is diagnosed early.


Moles


All men should check moles on a regular basis to see if there are any alterations in colour, shape or if they start bleeding. The majority of changes are due to a


t bleeding. The majorit


non-cancerous change in the skin’s pigmentation, however, if a mole looks unusual or feels itchy you should defi nitely see your GP. Then,


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if necessary, it can be removed. If you can’t be sure about whether your mole has changed or not, take the NHS mole assessment test at www.nhs.uk.


Diffi culties urinating


When the


prostate gland becomes


enlarged it


may press on the tube that


carries urine from the bladder, which


makes it diffi cult to pass urine. This can be a sign of various prostate diseases, including cancer. Other symptoms to look out for include pain or burning when you pass urine or perhaps waking up multiple times in the night to use the bathroom. If you have any of these symptoms, arrange to see your GP. More than 30,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. If you are suffering from some of the symptoms above, then your doctor may suggest a prostate- specifi c antigen (PSA) test, which involves taking a blood sample.


Depression Depression is an illness that can take


its toll on your work, social and family life, so if you have been experiencing feelings of extreme sadness on a regular basis, then you should make an appointment with your GP so that you can discuss your symptoms, with a view to possible maintenance


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