Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? The purpose of the month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. From challenging and debating key issues in men’s health to raising the profile of men, their health outcomes and health needs, it’s all about starting a conversation. Read on to find out more about men’s health and how St John Medical is here to help.
Why men’s health?
Fact: A boy born in Australia has a life expectancy of 78.0 years while a girl born at the same time could expect to live to 82.3 years old. Right from the start, boys are expected to suffer more illness, more accidents and die earlier than their female counterparts. Meanwhile, men are less frequent visitors to general practitioners fuelling the perception that they don’t care about their health. So in order to help men live healthier and happier lives, all parties needs to be prepared with awareness being key.
Main causes to be aware of
Some of the main types of disease that affect men’s health include:
Cardiovascular Health: Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is a general term that includes many different conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. It’s a major cause of death in Australia, with one in six Australians (4.2 million) affected by the disease. And for Australian men, it accounted for 27% of all deaths in 2016.
Mental Health: Overall, women are about twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with a mental health issue. But that statistic tells only a small part of the story. In reality, men make up an average of six out of every eight suicides every single day in Australia, with the number of men who die by suicide in Australia every year nearly double the national road toll.
Prostate Health: The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Over 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions that impact their quality of life. Closer to home, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men with an estimated 3,452 deaths in 2017.
Diabetes: Diabetes is a very serious condition that affects your body’s ability to turn what you eat into the energy it needs to function. It’s currently one of the biggest challenges facing the Australian health system, with 280 Australians developing diabetes everyday – that’s one person every five minutes.
Cancers: Cancer can strike anyone, at any age, of any gender. In fact, over 700,000 men are diagnosed with cancer each year and nearly 300,000 die of it. So far this year, the estimated number of new cancer cases in men was 74,644 and over the course of a lifetime it’s estimated half of all men will get cancer at least once.