Men's Health Week
Dr Oliver Best
Men’s health week this year is June 15-21 and is an important opportunity to highlight important issues impacting Australian men and increase the awareness about some important health issues that commonly affect men and let you know what actions you can take.
Bladder cancer is the 10th most common cancer worldwide and affects men much more often than women. Unfortunately, unlike bowel or breast cancer there is no screening program to detect the cancer early. Most people are diagnosed after a scan shows an abnormality in the bladder or they notice some blood in their urine.
Blood in your urine is never normal and should always be investigated by your doctor. Possible causes include infection, injury or cancer. If you do notice this, it is very important to see your doctor about it. Your GP might organise some urine tests and a scan to look at the bladder and kidneys. You may also be referred to a urologist, who is a surgeon who specialises in the urinary system (kidneys, bladder, prostate).
Anxiety and stress are very common reactions if you have been diagnosed with a chronic or serious health condition. It may help to talk through these problems. Family, close friends, your GP or counsellor/psychologist are able to provide support through these tough times.
Concerned about your health?
See your doctor – It’s important to have regular health check-ups with your GP.
If you think your mate is struggling and you don’t know how to help them, there are many ways to seek assistance
Who to contact for help?
Beyond Blue https://www.beyondblue.org.au/home
Lifeline - 13 11 14
Men’s Health Week website https://www.menshealthweek.org.au
Please note, if you feel your safety or another's safety is at serious risk, please always remember to call 000 in Australia and 111 in New Zealand, for emergency assistance.
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