Let’s take a break from sports, politics and finance news, and bring the conversation on table about Men’s Health.
Women are constantly encouraged to get screenings and tests to keep a check on their health. The same should apply to men’s health as well. But men put their health to last. Through numerous studies done globally it is shown that men tend to go doctors only when their conditions gets serious. There is a worrying lack of awareness and knowledge about various men diseases which prevent them from acting on time and delay them in seeking help.
Urological cancers among Men:
Urological conditions are rather very common in men which left untreated can either prove to be fatal or have long-term consequences specially urological cancers such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
- Prostate Cancer:
There are numerous local and international researches that have shown us that prostate cancer continue to be among the top five cancers affecting male population in UAE. As per the recorded cases, 6 out of 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is quite rare among men of 40 years or younger.
The prostate is a small gland which is usually the size and shape of a walnut, it sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra. Prostate gland can develop tumour than can be cancerous. The most common symptoms include difficulty or pain in urinating, loss of bladder control, blood in urine, frequent urination etc. it is important to note that prostate cancer is largely asymptomatic in early stages.
There is no definitive causative factor for developing prostate cancer but there are certain risk factors which includes age, family history, lifestyle and ethnicity
Prostate cancer testing is performed to detect the cancer at its earliest stage before it progresses. There are two common tests for initial detection, a digital rectal exam and a PSA blood test. For men over 4o, it is important to get Prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening annually.
- Testicular cancer
Testicular cancer has lower incidence in UAE population and generally affects younger male population between the ages of 15 to 35. The symptoms can show at any age and if left untreated, testicular cancer is left untreated can prove to be fatal. The most common symptoms of testicular cancer is a swelling or lump in the testes. Other symptoms such as change in shape, size, look and pain are also something men should look out for. Unlike prostate, men can diagnose themselves by feeling these changes. The condition can be further confirmed by the urologist by performing ultrasound and blood tests.
Go for Regular checkups!
Men shouldn’t ignore their health. Pay attention to the changes in your body and don’t ignore unusual symptoms. Visit your healthcare professional regularly. It is also important to understand the role of the family and friends who can encourage and educate men in their community to go for such early screenings.
In the spirit of raising awareness for men’s health during the month of November, Mediclinic City Hospital is offering special health packages for men to mark Men’s Health Awareness Month. During November, you can take advantage of a 50% discount on a customized range of tests for under and over 40s, as well as a consultation with a urologist. For more information visit the link below:
or call 045559101 to book an appointment for yourself or for your loved one.