It is recommended that Men see their GP on an annual basis.
Men have specific health needs that require attention at various points throughout their lifetime.
Men’s Health checks involve the prevention and early detection of common medical conditions
The cause of prostate cancer is not known and there is no single, simple test to detect prostate cancer. Speak with your GP about undertaking screening for Prostate cancer as this will ensure you receive all relevant information to assist you make informed decisions about if or when you should commence regular Prostate screening.
Blood Pressure checks
Blood pressure is the pressure of your blood on the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps it around your body. It’s a vital part of how your heart and circulation works.
Your blood pressure naturally goes up and down all the time, adjusting to your heart’s needs depending on what you are doing. High blood pressure is when your blood pressure is persistently higher than normal.
A blood pressure reading under 120/80mmHg is considered optimal. Readings over 120/80mmHg and up to 139/89mmHg are in the normal to high normal range.
Blood pressure that’s high over a long time is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. As you get older, the chances of having persistently high blood pressure increases.
It’s very important to get your blood pressure checked regularly, and if it’s persistently high it needs to be controlled. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to a heart attack or stroke. It may also affect your kidneys.
Nearly one in two Australian men have experienced sexual difficulty. Healthy sexuality depends on good mental and physical functioning. There can to be many challenges that affect sexual functioning, which may include anxiety, depression, fertility issues, illness, disease, aging and disability. However, learning to adapt to these challenges is very important in maintaining a positive view of sexuality.
sexual dysfunction can be an early marker of another disease; therefore, a medical check-up is often very important.
Sexually transmitted infections include chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea, genital warts, genital herpes, thrush as well as HIV and hepatitis.
Even if there are no signs and symptoms they can still develop complications or pass on the infection to others. Often the only way to know whether you have an STI is to get tested. If you suspect that you have a sexually transmitted infection you should avoid sexual intercourse or any sexual activity completely until advised by your GP.