HOW WELL DO MEN KNOW THEIR HEALTH
Reproductive health is an important component of men’s overall health and well-being. Too often, males have been overlooked in discussions of reproductive health, especially when reproductive issues such as contraception and infertility have been perceived as female-related. Every day, men, their partners, and healthcare providers can protect their reproductive health by ensuring effective contraception, avoiding sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and preserving fertility.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men on average, die 5 years earlier than women and several conditions tend to work against men due to their habits, lifestyle, and not seeking medical attention they need as often as women.
Redeemer’s Men Fellowship Lagos Province 36 invited Monitor Healthcare Ltd to enlighten the congregation on General Health relating to Men and peculiar issues common in men. There is a health condition that only affects men such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and low testosterone. Due to the nature of most men’s jobs, stress can lead to these conditions as they face unique challenges as they age.
Prostate cancer is one of the commonest cancers in men – it affects one man in seven. However, it can take 10-15 years to develop in men and if we discover it in the first or second year we can cure it.
There are also two risky groups over the age of 40: the black population and men with a family history of prostate cancer. We recommend that they also get tested on a yearly basis. All other men should get tested every two to three years for peace of mind.
To improve men’s health, it’s important to raise awareness about preventive screenings and regular health care for men of all ages. Usually, we recommend men over 50 get tested for prostate cancer on a yearly basis by taking a blood test.
The purpose of the Men’s Health Awareness Talk is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among both men and boys.
Stress management cannot be overemphasized While it may seem like there’s nothing you can do about stress at work and home, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control.
Stress wreaks havoc on your emotional equilibrium, as well as your physical health. It narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and enjoy life. It may seem like there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you might think.
Effective stress management helps you break the hold stress has on your life, so you can be happier, healthier, and more productive. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun—and the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head-on.
Screening tests are not always done to look for disease. Some screening tests aim to detect risk factors for certain diseases. A screening program can only be considered to be a “preventive” measure if it aims to determine and influence risk factors or detect and treat abnormal changes that could later develop into a disease. Preventive treatment can stop diseases from developing in some people. One disadvantage, however, is that many people then have treatment although they would never have got the disease.
This is because many abnormal changes do not necessarily develop into a more serious condition, or might even go back to normal again by themselves, without causing any health problems.
Regardless of whether or not you have screening tests: if you have worrying symptoms, it is important to take them seriously and have them checked out by a doctor.