For Men’s Health Month, we are highlighting four main areas that can have a huge impact on men’s health. These are mental health and suicide, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and safe sex.
Suicide & Mental Health:
The Samaritans “Suicide Statistics Report” in 2019 shows that men in the UK are staggeringly three times more likely than women to commit suicide. In England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the highest rates of suicide are all for men. The most affected age group is between 45 - 49, and the total suicides from men from this age group has increased 11% upon last year's figures.
For advice on how to look after your mental health, we have a colourful and engaging 10 Steps to Mental Wellbeing poster that provides evidence-based advice on positive changes we can all make within our lives.
The prostate is normally 3x3cm, the size of a golf ball, and it is found underneath the bladder in men. It’s job as a gland is to help make semen.
Information provided by Prostate Cancer UK from September 2018 shows that prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK. 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, on average that’s 129 men every day.
You can get a PSA blood test that measures your levels of prostate specific antigen. This test can help identify prostate cancer before any symptoms occur, and is recommended for higher risk men such as males over 45, black men or if an immediate male family member has has prostate cancer.
The Male Pelvis and Prostate Section Model shows you the position of the prostate in comparison to the entire pelvis area, whilst this Prostate Conditions Model demonstrates the different prostate conditions that can occur.
The relatively low rates of testicular cancer make it the 18th most common cancer. Despite the number of diagnosed cases between 2015-2017 remaining at a stable rate, these rates have been projected to rise by 12% between 2014 and 2035 in just the UK alone.
It’s very important to complete a testicular self-examination on yourself regularly so that you can identify any irregularities or abnormalities quickly.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs):
In 2015, 63% of new diagnoses of STIs were among men, with men who have sex with men are the most at risk of catching and STI. For example, 75% of male syphilis and 65% of male gonorrhoea were from the men who have sex with men category.
The best form of contraception for STIs (and prevention of pregnancy) are condoms, with a 98% effectiveness rating when used properly and consistently.
Men's Health related AnatomyStuff resources:
10 Steps to Improve Mental Wellbeing Poster
Male Pelvis and Prostate Section Model
Male Bladder and Prostate Model (2 Part)
Prostate Conditions Model (6 part)
Testis Awareness Model (White)
Condom Training Model (Light / Dark Skin)
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