MHF (Men’s Health Forum):

MHF is a charity that provides an independent and authoritative voice for male health in England and Wales and tackles the issues and inequalities affecting the health and wellbeing of men and boys.

MHF’s vision is a future in which all boys and men in England and Wales have an equal opportunity to attain the highest possible level of health and well-being.

They work to achieve this through:

  • Policy development, research and lobbying
  • Supporting other organisations and services to engage more effectively with boys and men on health issues
  • Leading the annual National Men’s Health Week
  • Publishing the award-winning range of mini manual health booklets for men
  • Running the unique ‘consumer’ website for men – www.malehealth.co.uk
  • Working with MPs and government
  • Developing innovative and imaginative best practice projects
  • Training service providers and others
  • Collaborating with the widest possible range of interested organisations and individuals.

Testicular cancer:

Testicular cancer accounts for approximately 0.7% of all cancers. It’s the most common cancer in men between the age of 20 and 35. Approximately 1,960 men are diagnosed with the condition each year in the UK. Around 70 people die every year from testicular cancer.

Cancers found early are the easiest to treat. ᅠThe best way to check for testicular cancer is to examine yourself once a month after a warm bath or shower, when the scrotal skin is relaxed. ᅠHold your scrotum in the palms of your hands, so that you can use the fingers and thumb on both hands to examine your testicles.

Gently feel each testicle individually. ᅠAny noticeable increase in size or weight many mean something is wrong. ᅠYou should feel a soft tube at the top and back of the testicle, which is normal. ᅠᅠThe testicle itself should be smooth with no lumps or swellings. ᅠIf you do find a swelling in your testicle, make an appointment and have it checked by your ᅠGP as soon as possible.

For more information on testicular cancer please visit the Macmillan Cancer Support website.

Prostate cancer:

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It isᅠresponsibleᅠfor 25% of newly diagnosed cases of cancer in England and Wales.

The chances of developing prostate cancer increase as you get older. Most cases develop in men aged 65 or older.

For reasons that are not understood, prostate cancer is more common in men who are of Afro-Caribbean or African descent and less common in men of Asian descent.

The causes of prostate cancer are largely unknown. Please click here for more information.

Coronary heart disease:

Coronary heart disease is the term that describes what happens when your heart’s blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries.

Over time, the walls of your arteries can become furred up with fatty deposits. This process is known as atherosclerosis and the fatty deposits are called atheroma. If your coronary arteries become narrow due to a build-up of atheroma, the blood supply to your heart will be restricted. This can cause angina (chest pains).

If a coronary artery becomes completely blocked, it can cause a heart attack. The medical term for a heart attack is myocardial infarction.

For more information please click here.

Back Pain:

Back pain causes thirteen million lost working days in Britain each year.ᅠ If the pain has been caused by excessive strain, e.g. lifting excessive weights or slipping whilst doing so, be sensible and take things easy.ᅠ When sitting, sit upright with support for the small of the back.

Take pain killers and try to move as normally as possible.ᅠ Local warmth such as a hot water bottle or from a rubbing liniment will also help to ease the discomfort.

Influenza:

Influenza is a viral illness spread from person to person particularly in winter months.ᅠ It causes a temperature and also aches and pains elsewhere in the body and usually a headache too.ᅠ Antibiotics will not help and patients should treat themselves with rest, plenty of fluids and Paracetamol.

*** The best treatment for influenza is PREVENTION.ᅠ If you are at risk, contact your surgery and arrange for a FLU VACCINATION. ***

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