All Posts Tagged: men’s health

Bowel cancer Melbourne

Bowel cancer in men

1 in 11 Australian men will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.

Bowel cancer affects men of all ages and the risk increases every year from age 50. Around 55% of all Australians diagnosed with bowel cancer are men.

The impact of bowel cancer in men

Bowel cancer is the third deadliest cancer in men. It kills more than 2,300 men each year.

More than 8,000 Australian men are diagnosed with the disease each year. Around 15% of those men diagnosed with bowel cancer are under age 55.

Preventing bowel cancer in men

Symptoms

In its early stages bowel cancer often has no obvious symptoms. However, any of the following may be suggestive of bowel cancer:

  • Persistent change in bowel habit (looser more diarrhoea-like bowel movements, constipation, or smaller more frequent bowel movements)
  • Change in appearance of bowel movements
  • Blood in the bowel movement or rectal bleeding
  • Unexplained tiredness, weakness or weight loss
  • Abdominal pain, especially if severe
  • A lump or pain in the rectum or anus.

Not everyone who experiences these symptoms has bowel cancer. Other medical conditions, some foods and certain medicines can also cause these changes.

However, if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms for more than two weeks, don’t delay in talking to your GP about them.

Family history

Most men who develop bowel cancer have no family history of the disease.

However, having a relative, especially a first-degree relative such as a parent, brother, sister or child with bowel cancer, can increase your risk of developing bowel cancer.

Diet and lifestyle

Choices you make related to diet, lifestyle, screening and surveillance can influence your bowel cancer risk.

Because you can change or modify these risk factors, they are referred to as ‘modifiable’. For the latest information on modifiable risk factors for bowel cancer, download this free resource.

Screening and surveillance

Bowel Cancer Australia recommends participating in screening appropriate to your personal level of risk. Discuss with your doctor what your personal risk is.

It’s Decembeard!

This December, grow a beard, raise funds and help beat bowel cancer in men. Visit Decembeard for more information or to donate.

Concerns?

Remember, if you experience any of the symptoms listed above, please make a booking with your doctor. It’s not worth the risk!

 

Source: Decembeard Australia

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Men's health in Pascoe Vale

Celebrating Men’s Health Week

We’re celebrating Men’s Health Week, which runs from 11 June to 17 June this year.

In Australia, Men’s Health Week provides a platform for challenging and debating key issues in men’s health and to raise the profile of men, their health outcomes and health needs every June.

Why is Australian male health in need of attention?

Good question! The health status of males in most countries, including Australia, is generally poorer than that of females.

More males:

  • die at every life stage
  • have accidents
  • take their own lives, and
  • suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than females at the same age.

Men don’t see their GP as much as women do

There is a perception that men don’t care about health or that health services are not well-prepared to interact with men effectively. We want to change that perception.

Some ways to improve men’s health outcomes

  • Be active in getting medical help if you don’t feel well, have a problem that won’t go away or notice unusual symptoms.
  • It’s ok to seek help – don’t try to do everything on your own or bury problems. Talk to your partner, friends and workmates.
  • Push hard to get the help you need to manage your life, work, family and financial needs.
  • Ladies, be proactive in helping your men and boys get the help they and you need. Speak with professionals (like PVH Medical) to get the best course of action.
  • Don’t leave it too late to seek help. Fear is not a killer.

More information about Men’s Health Week

Check out the Men’s Health Week website for more information and to register for an event in your community.

If you’re a bloke, make an appointment to see us!

Please make an appointment to come and see us. We’re open until 9 pm every weeknight and 5 pm Saturday so there’s really no excuse!

 

Source: Men’s Health Week

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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PVH Medical supports Movember.

Movember is for men’s health

The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health.

Since 2003, $850 million has been raised and countless men and women have been empowered to join the global men’s health movement. Through the moustaches grown, the connections created, and the conversations generated, more than 1,200 breakthrough men’s health projects have been funded in 21 countries.

A bit about the history of Movember

The seed of an idea first sprouted over a few beers in Melbourne in 2003, when two mates challenged each other to grow a moustache for the duration of November. Recruiting the support of 30 loyal friends, together they experienced a month of inquisitive conversation as a result of their newly acquired facial hair. The power of the Mo as a conversation starter and awareness raiser was realised.

What it’s all about

Movember is about helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives through investing in these key areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Funds raised go towards supporting innovative world-class men’s health programs supporting the key areas.

Getting involved is easy. Simply sign up at Movember.com and fundraise by growing a moustache, setting a movement challenge (like walking, running or swimming), hosting an event or making a donation.

Startling statistics about men’s health

Across the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. The stats are startling:

  • 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer
  • Testicular cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men ages 15-29
  • 3 out of 4 suicides are men
  • More than 500,000 men take their own life every year. That’s one every minute.

“When we look at these stats, it becomes so clear that there is a men’s health crisis,” says Owen Sharp, CEO of Movember Foundation.

“There is a lot that needs to be done, but by talking about it, by encouraging our friends to take action for their health and supporting them, we can help keep the men we love around to live happier, healthier, longer lives. They don’t have to miss out on those key moments that matter most.”

Men’s health matters

At PVH Medical, our men’s health services aim to provide professional treatment of all types of men’s health problems in a confidential setting. From routine check-ups to screening tests to treating chronic ailments, our doctors have the experience and expertise to ensure optimal health and wellness.

So if you or a loved one needs to see a doctor, we’re here for you. You can make a booking online, on the Appointuit mobile app or by giving us a call on 9304 0500.

 

Source: Movember

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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