Take Your Health Seriously
As a man, it can sometimes be hard to ask for help in relation to health care issues. For better or for worse, most men are raised to mask any pain that they may feel and are told repeatedly to “be a man” when it comes to issues that they might be having. While this has been the attitude that society has taken towards men historically, we here at Charleston Men’s Clinic hope to hit a hard reset on that line of thinking. Men, like women, experience health issues that are a little more gender specific and, as such, should be treated differently. In our previous post, we went over some of the most common health issues that affect men and, in today’s post, we are going to conclude this list. We highly suggest that you go back and read our previous blog if you have not already, however, if you’d like to start in the middle, that is completely up to you.
Your Health is Everything
It seems that in today’s fast-paced world, people have lost sight of what is truly important. While money, possessions, a prestige are all things that the typical person desires, in reality, they are not that important when you sit down and start to consider things. Health, on the other hand, is just about the most important thing a person can possess. When you are healthy, life is better. You are able to do the things you want, support yourself through your given line of work, and enjoy the company of others. Many health issues can be taken care of if identified quickly enough, however, seeking out preventative care and scheduling yearly physicals are often practices that men tend to avoid. We want to change that and, below, we have listed out a few more health issues that affect men and what you can do to make sure that you are not caught off guard in relation to your health.
- Prostate Cancer: Out of this entire list, prostate cancer is one of the few diseases that men can lay full claim to — after all, women don’t have prostates. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, with around 200,000 men developing prostate cancer every year. However, there is some good news. While one in six men will develop prostate cancer in their life, only one in 35 will actually die as a result of it. While most cases of prostate cancer develop slowly, leaving ample time to treat it if caught early, some forms of prostate cancer develop rapidly, quickly spreading to other areas of the body. There is no effective test yet developed to determine which forms of prostate cancer are more dangerous, however, preventative care has been shown to greatly reduce the chance that a man will die from prostate cancer. Despite the fact that prostate exams aren’t exactly pleasant, we highly recommend that you put up with a little discomfort in order to make sure that your prostate is in a healthy state.
- Depression: Mental health, unfortunately, is still a rather taboo subject in the United States, especially in relation to men. Depression, one of the most common mental illnesses to affect men, is a touchy subject for a lot of people due to the large amount of social stigma that is still tied to the subject. Far too often, men will ignore the signs and symptoms of depression because they have been conditioned their entire life to believe that mental illness is a sign of weakness. They figure that they are just going through a rough patch and truly believe that it rests on their shoulders to pull themselves out of whatever funk they are in. This is a dangerous mindset to be in because, no matter what people may believe, depression isn’t something that can be easily handled without the help of a professional. It was previously thought that women suffered from depression in far greater numbers than men, however, recent studies have shown that men suffer from this mental illness as much, if not more than their female counterparts.
Contact us today at Charleston Men’s Clinic to learn more about the men’s health issues that our services cover. We will help you be the healthiest you possible.