The fact that 1 in 2 Australian guys are diagnosed with cancer and 1 in 8 will experience depression in their lifetime highlights the importance of staying on top of your game when it comes to health.
We're all someone's partner, brother, father, uncle, boyfriend, protector and provider. No two guys are exactly the same; we all enjoy different things, have different outlooks, love someone different but our health needs are pretty similar.
We're kinda reluctant to discuss the health issues we face whether with our partner, family, mates or the Doctor.
Awareness, understanding, support and even funding for serious Men's Health stuff, misses out. So it has to change because Men's Health matters.
Time for a laugh?
An experiment was conducted by filling a 150-seat theatre in Brussels, Belgium, with 148 of the most intimidating, mean and hulky looking bikers they could find and two seats were left empty dead centre of the theatre. For those who took those seats, Carlsberg beer rewarded their act of bravery, with applause, and of course, a fresh cold beer
Time for some hoonery? Check out a car race around the streets of San Francisco for 10 fast-paced minutes of pure adrenaline and hoonery. Oh yeah.
Time for some useful guy stuff. No one plays soccer like the English (ok there is room for an argument but ...) and who pushes the limits with good natured humour.
Here's a great 3 part video raising awareness of men's health and Testicular Cancer - and the unknown symptoms.
Know the Numbers Know the Options
These are the statistical realities of life for Men
- Men live an average of 5 years less than women
- A man's life span is affected by genetics (24%) and modifiable risk factors (75%)
- Almost twice as many men die of skin cancer than women (it's the fourth most common cancer in men)
- Every cigarette you smoke takes 8 minutes off your life.
- Smoking a pack per day for 20 years reduces your life expectancy by 13 years.
- 75% of men with diabetes die from cardiovascular diseases
- One-third of men have not seen a doctor in the past year
- 10% have not seen one for five years.
- More than two-thirds of Australian men are overweight or obese - increasing the chance of a disease getting the upper hand
- Men in blue-collar jobs are two and a half times more likely to die from liver disease than white collar workers.
Tip: If you have a relative who's had a genetic health issue - it's worth double checking your own situation now. For example, if a male relative had prostate cancer, the numbers of life may be working against you so strike first and get yourself checked out now.
The next step is to make yourself aware of the options available to help protect against the financial and emotional impact that such a condition can bring with it. It's about informed choice.