“Boys don’t cry, boys don’t complain about the hurt” – rings a bell? It is a very rooted opinion formed centuries ago when all “proper” men were warriors and conquerors. Today, when they’re entrepreneurs, teachers, postmen or any other profession, this claim is quite dated.
We have seen many groundbreaking movements when it comes to women’s health (e.g. breast cancer awareness), but men still remain silent in the era of ever threatening health hazards. This has a poor influence on individual man’s health, because he tends to ignore some symptoms, even when discussing about them means preventing more serious development. Here are some of the men’s health symptoms we should speak loudly about.
#1. Trouble Urinating
Enlarged prostate is pressing on the tube that carries urine from the bladder, which makes it difficult to pass urine. This problem shouldn’t be ignored, since it can be a symptom of some prostate disease, and even cancer. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of this disease in men.
There were more than 180 thousands new cases of prostate cancer and more than 26 thousand deaths in 2016 in the United States alone. Other symptoms that you must keep an eye on are frequently waking up during the night to pee burning when you pass urine.
This is a topic that majority of men would never talked about, and that’s why it is left out of the media content and even regular man-to-man conversations. Still, at one point, almost every man will experience impotence. You should check with your GP if the problem sticks for a couple of weeks. Usually, the problem lies in unhealthy life habits or stress, and some lifestyle changes like eating healthy and losing weight are enough to correct this. However, sometimes impotence is just a symptom of some more severe disease, such as high blood pressure or heart disease.
#3. Problem with the Gums
Periodontal diseases are higher in men than women. That can be because men have higher incidence of plaque, bleeding on probing and tartar. Poor dental health can impact other health factors, such as prostate function, heart disease, impotence and cancer.
Some of the symptoms of gingivitis you should pay attention to are receding gums, swollen gums, soft and puffy gums, tender gums, bleeding gums, a change in color and bad breath. If you notice any of these, go and see your dentist. The sooner you undergo a gingivitis treatment, the better chances you have of reversing damage and preventing the progression of the disease.
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#4. Feeling Down
Remember the “man should not complain” thing we’ve mentioned? Picture this: a bad day at work (you don’t say a word), a misunderstanding with your partner (you remain silent), a sense of lack of purpose (not even mentioning it), and then your big bubble of holding in bursts. Those “burst bubbles” can lead to depression – feeling of extreme sadness for no apparent reason. This requires visiting your GP, because women are may be more prone to suffering depression, but men are more likely to take their own lives.
#5. A Lump on a Testicle
Testicular cancer is caused when cells reproduce uncontrollably within the reproductive organs. It is the most common cancer in men under the age of 45. Testicular lump can be a sign of cancer, but in most cases it isn’t. Still, if you notice any abnormality, you should immediately see your GP, because early detection means easier treatment.
#6. Pain in the Chest
Heart diseases are the most common causes of death for men in the U.S. which makes any heart-related symptom too important to look the other way. Pain in the chest is usually associated with heart attack, but it can also be a sign of a different health condition. You could be suffering another type of heart disease like angina or gastrointestinal condition such as acid reflux. It is also possible that you have a lung problem such as pulmonary embolism, asthma or pneumonia. All of these conditions require doctor’s attention.
Not talking about these health problems in the media is one of the main causes why most men go to the doctor only when they’re extremely ill or when the symptoms won’t go away on their own. Waiting around for something to become better on its own can lead to terrible complications and late diagnoses. That’s why it is important to speak up without shame, because men too hurt, and yes, they should complain.