June is dedicated to fathers, so it might be a good time to chat to your man about his health and wellbeing. Encouraging him to go the see the doctor for checkups on a regular basis could prevent a lot of diseases.
Dr Molefe Kgalamono says, “Men dread going to the doctor, but they must realise that they need to go for checkups as there are several diseases that affect them.”
Here are a few for him to look out for:
In 2014 World Health Federation stated that heart disease and strokes are the number one killer in South Africa. Globally, it’s estimated that one in three men, and one in four women will develop a heart condition before the age of 60 as a results of lifestyle habits such as lack of exercise, stress, smoking and an unhealthy diet.
Testicular: Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) reported that the risk for testicular cancer in South African men was 1 in 2040. Most of these cancers can be detected early, symptoms can include a lump or swelling or heaviness in the scrotum and loss of libido.
Prostate: It usually affects men over the age of 50, although it can affect some younger men too. About 1 in 9 men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. The disease often has no symptoms in the early stages, which is why many cases are not detected till they spread. But some symptoms are difficulty in urinating, pain or blood when urinating or ejaculating and a decrease in libido.
The two types of diabetes are type 1 (which affects about 10% of diabetes sufferers) and type 2, which affects about 90% of sufferers. Symptoms may include excessive thirst, weight loss, hunger, fatigue.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle and regular checkups can save your man and lowering their threat of the above mentioned illnesses.