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Men’s Health Awareness Month (November) - “A healthy outside starts from the inside”

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Throughout the industrialised world women are living 5 to 10 years longer than men and it is a fact that men are more likely to develop heart disease 10 years before women. Generally, men have shorter life expectancies than women, and major causes of death include: heart disease; cancer, stroke, lung disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease and suicide. However, these could be delayed or prevented by having regular check-ups.

Prostate cancer facts:

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, after lung cancer.
  • It currently accounts for a quarter of all new cases in men.
  • Approximately 11,000 men died from prostate cancer every year.
  • Each year, around 41,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Getting Tested:
Prostate cancer will become the most common cancer in the UK "in the next 15-20 years" but for the majority of men who have it they do not have any symptoms in the early stages. The purpose of testing is to detect prostate cancer at its earliest stages, before the disease progresses. If left untreated, prostate cancer cells may eventually spread from the prostate and invade distant parts of the body, particularly the lymph nodes and bones, producing secondary tumours in a process known as metastasis.

Men, in general, focus less on preventive care than their female counterparts, perhaps this is because of their “get on with it attitude” but the fact remains men must pay attention to their “self-care”.  

Expert advice is provided by Sugarman’s Occupational Health Service concerning work-related health issues. Work is good for a man’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, and our Occupational Health Service focus on the relationship between work and health and the elements of a job which could put a man’s health at risk. An employee’s overall health will determine whether they can work at their peak, which is an important factor for the success of both employee and company.


 



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