Changing the Way Men Think About Health
Men’s Health Awareness Month aims to bring men’s health to the forefront of peoples minds. Men’s health is in crisis. By raising money and educating people on the biggest health issues faced by men more lives can be saved.
Focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer the aim is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by 2030.
We should all listen to our bodies and pay close attention to our health. Doing so forms an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It can play a key role in preventing illnesses or more serious problems later down the line.
Many of us though, neglect to do that. We might delay seeing our GP or pass symptoms off as something in our imaginations. Men in particular fall into this category for a number of reasons.
Men are more prone to putting their heads in the sand, or hoping that things will get better. Often they wait until symptoms worsen before finally seeking advice.
Men may also fear certain diagnoses or feel embarrassed about intimate examinations. It might also be hard for them to talk about mental illness due to the perceived stigma of weakness upon their masculinity.
It isn’t just a problem relating to GP’s and health professionals. Men also find it difficult to talk to friends and family about their health concerns. As a result far too many simply suffer in silence. In short, men find it much more difficult than women when it comes to asking for help.
The Importance of Raising Awareness
Many illnesses can be treated far more effectively if diagnosed earlier. It is vital to work towards supporting men to more easily access the healthcare they need as early as possible.
Men’s Health Month is held every year to help raise awareness of the health issues that affect men disproportionately. To work towards a society where men feel able to access the services, information and treatments we all need to lead healthier, happier lives.
Pharmacies too have played an important part in encouraging men to be more open about their health. Their annual ‘Ask Your Pharmacist’ campaign seeks to encourage more people, especially men to use the facilities they offer.
With a shocking 1 in 5 men dying before the age of 65 in the UK, and mortality rates for treatable cancers such as prostate cancer alarmingly high. There is still plenty of work to do to encourage men to be more open about their physical and mental health.
Things are slowly improving. Statistics show that young men born around the turn of the century are much more open to looking after their health and more adept at learning about health matters. This is thanks to things like the internet and changes in social attitudes.
For many men, once they have taken that initial step and seen their GP they find it much easier than they originally feared. A GP is trained and experienced in creating an environment aimed at making people feel as comfortable as possible. No none should fear going to see the doctor if something isn’t right.
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