What is Men’s Health Week?
Men’s Health Week runs every year in the week leading up to Father’s Day. It’s a time to bring awareness to health issues that disproportionately affect men and raise awareness of problems men may have or could develop. Knowledge is power when it comes to health, and we want men to gain the knowledge and courage to protect their health.
It’s a common problem among men…a reluctance to talk about health and, more specifically, the prostate, penis or bladder. It’s understandable really, problems ‘down there’ don’t exactly make us feel our most masculine and talking about any type of health issue isn’t easy.
Consultant urologist Barnaby Chappell says, “I do understand why men shy away from issues with their urinary tract, erectile dysfunction or prostate. But it is crucial to talk about it; knowing more about these problems helps us get closer to helping people live longer with prostate cancer. Using the PSA test, we can identify who might be at risk of prostate cancer and monitor accordingly. The earlier we spot symptoms, the greater the chance of finding cures.”
“Many signs that people associate with the prostate can be harmless, but it is important to get them checked by an expert. For example, problems urinating can be caused by an enlarged prostate and not necessarily mean that you have cancer. Also, erectile dysfunction can actually precede heart conditions that may present themselves in a few years. So it’s definitely worthwhile being examined.”
There are 40,000 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed each year; however, the disease is still rarely talked about in public, compared with diseases like breast cancer.
Consultant urologist Dan Magrill points out that “Even with more exposure over the last few years, women are still ahead of us in terms of raising awareness for their cancers such as breast or ovarian cancer. However, the reluctance to discuss Men’s Health is getting better with more public figures standing up to talk.
Now, for example, we have ‘Movember’, when men are encouraged to grow a moustache for a month to help highlight male cancers, Stephen Fry and Bill Turnbull have also been open about their journey. But there’s still a fair way to go. The biggest challenge is not only to get men to spot symptoms or to see their GP but to talk about it openly. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
Consultant urological Surgeons Barnaby Chappell and Dan Magrill have private appointments available for you to book directly without the need for a referral through Clarity Consultant Care. You can then choose to be seen at Goring Hall Hospital near Worthing or via a secure video link from the comfort of your own home. For more information and access to bookable appointments, search for Barnaby Chappell or Dan Magrill on our bookings page.