If you are a man, you are expected to have a "stiff upper lip," as the Brits like to say. So, it's not surprising that Australian men put off a visit to a GP as long as possible. What are some of the reasons that they typically use and why are they never a good idea?
"I'm All Right"
Perhaps it is due to the proliferation of "self-help" Internet sites, but men like to self-diagnose their health. They may think that they feel "okay," but the truth is that many conditions develop over time and can strike without warning. Many people who have a heart attack for the first time say that they had no previous signs or warnings, so it's even more important to schedule a visit for advisable tests as you age. It's amazing what a simple urine and blood sample can reveal.
As middle age approaches, so the risk of contracting prostate cancer increases. This presents another problem for the typical adult male, as they may feel that it is very humiliating to get the normal prostate exam done. However, the prostate specific antigen test is not invasive at all and can give some initial indicators. Also, it's worth remembering that doctors are highly experienced at the "finger test" and will always respect any concern that you have. Alternatively, if you're worried about the potential presence of an STD, you have to know that this problem will not go away on its own and may require treatment. Just letting things slide could make it worse.
Head in the Sand
Are you somebody who thinks they may have a problem, but hopes it will go away by itself? Perhaps you've found a mole that's changing colour, growing or has an uneven border. This is definitely time to take action, as a melanoma is a particularly bad type of cancer to have.
Men over the age of 50 should schedule a colorectal examination. This is to guard against what can be a potentially fatal disease. If you have a family history of colon cancer, you should definitely talk to your doctor, who will advise how often you should schedule this test. Certainly, if you have any abdominal pain or notice any blood in your faeces, check this out as soon as possible.
Finally, you may be worried that you cannot afford to see a GP. While health care costs have certainly risen in recent times, you could also check out some government programs to see if they can help with costs of visits, treatments or prescription if needed.
As you can see, you really have no reason to put off that visit, so make an appointment today.Share
2 October 2017
Primary care is a critical component of a healthy lifestyle. It's important because it allows you to catch health issues before they get out of control. It also give you a chance to ask your healthcare provider questions about your health, your children's health and other concerns. Without this resource, public health suffers, but unfortunately, many people do not know how to make the most out of their primary care. In this blog, I am going to include advice on optimising your relationship with your primary care doctor, tips on using primary care to ensure your good health and more. If you like my posts, please share them with others, and thank you for reading.