Men’s Health

Prostate Screening

The prostate is a gland, about the size of a walnut, which lies below a man’s bladder in the groin.

Some common prostate conditions are:

  • enlargement
  • swelling or inflammation
  • cancer

Common symptoms which indicate an issue with the prostate include:

  • needing to get up to pass urine (pee) at night
  • weak urinary (pee) flow
  • frequent urination
  • pain or burning during urination
  • difficulty starting and maintaining a steady stream or difficulty stopping
  • blood in urine

This occurs more commonly in men over the age of 50. If you have any symptoms, a blood test can be ordered by your doctor after a consultation. Sometimes, a digital rectal examination may be required to check for prostate problems.

Please make an appointment with your doctor today if you think you have any of the symptoms mentioned above.  For more information click on the link.

Testicular Screening

See your doctor if you have:

  • a lump in your testicles – this can be a sign of testicular cancer. and it’s easier to treat if it’s found early
  • red or swollen testicles
  • a change in the shape or feel of your testicles
  • an ongoing ache, pain or discomfort in your testicles.

There are many reasons why your testicles may develop a lump or become swollen, including:

  • enlarged veins within the scrotum or a build-up of fluid around the testicle
  • cysts caused by a collection of fluid in the epididymis (a coiled tube that lies beside each testicle and stores and carries sperm)
  • inflammation of the epididymis and testicles, often caused by infection
  • a hernia – where fatty tissue or a part of your bowel pokes through into your groin.

A less common but more serious cause could be testicular cancer. You should always see a doctor if you notice any lumps or swelling in your testicles. If it is painful, seek advice urgently. Click here for more information.

Testicular cancer is the number one cancer among young men. It occurs most commonly between 18 and 40 years of age.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction occurs when you can’t maintain an erect enough penis for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Many men have erection problems at times and the chance of this happening increases as they get older. While it is not a disease, it can be distressing for some people.

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by many reasons:

  • Smoking, drinking alcohol and the use of recreational drugs
  • Medical conditions that lead to hormone imbalance, nerve damage, blood vessel disease
  • Some medicines, including over-the-counter medicines
  • Psychological reasons, like stress, depression, poor body image or relationship problems

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Websites dealing with common men’s health issues include:
Men’s Health Week
Health Navigator