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5 Health symptoms men shouldn't ignore

British males are paying the price for neglecting their health; more than 100,000 die prematurely each year.
Here are five signs that Service personnel should act on today...

Depression is a real illness with real effects on work, social and family life. People who are suffering with the condition may lose interest in things they used to enjoy. If you have been having feelings of extreme sadness contact your GP. Treatment usually involves a combination of self help, talking therapies and medication. Depression is more common in women but men are far more likely to commit suicide. This may be because men are more reluctant to seek help. 
Top tip – If you need support, contact your chain of command, unit medical officer, welfare officer or chaplain.

Check your moles regularly and be aware of any change in colour or shape or if they start bleeding. Most alterations are harmless and due to a non-cancerous increase of pigment cells in the skin. But see your GP if a mole looks unusual or becomes itchy. It can be checked and removed if necessary.
Top tip – To minimise your risk of skin cancer, avoid exposure to the sun between 1100 and 1500. Cover up and use sunscreen that is at least factor 15.

Most men have problems getting or keeping an erection at some point in their lives. See your GP if the issue lasts for several weeks; they are likely to assess your general health because impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction, can be a sign of more serious conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure. Some people are given medication such
as sildenafil (also known as Viagra).
Top tip – Lifestyle changes such as losing weight and exercise can usually correct this problem.

When the prostate is enlarged it can press on the tube that carries urine from the bladder. This can make it hard to pass urine, which can be a sign of prostate cancer, the most common form of the disease in men in the UK. More than 30,000 men are diagnosed with this every year. Other symptoms include pain or burning when you pass urine and frequently waking up in the night to pee. If you are experiencing any of these see your GP.  
Top tip – Many men’s prostates get larger as they get older due to a non-cancerous condition known as prostate enlargement or benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Testicular cancer is most common in men aged 20 to 35. Nearly 2,000 males are diagnosed with the disease each year in the UK, so regular self-examination is vital. If you notice an abnormality see your GP. Most testicular lumps are not cancerous but it is essential to have them checked as treatment for the illness is far more effective if diagnosed early.
Top tip – Visit www.checkemlads.com to find out how to examine yourself properly.

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