Problems down there are ‘nothing to be ashamed of’

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A CHICHESTER gym is looking to raise awareness of men’s health and particularly a reluctance to discuss the prostate, penis or bladder.

Consultant urologist Paul Carter is visiting the Nuffield Fitness and Wellbeing Gym on November 26 to raise awareness of men’s health.

The gym has invited people to come along at 6pm to meet the consultant and learn more about male health concerns.

“Women are way ahead of us in terms of raising awareness for their own cancers such as breast or ovarian cancer,” said Paul.

“Men are lagging behind simply because of a reluctance to talk about these problems. It’s an issue that is getting better. Now, for example, we have ‘Movember’ when men are encouraged to grow a moustache for a month to help highlight male cancers.

“But there’s still a fair way to go. The biggest challenge is to not only to get men to spot symptoms, or to see their GP, but to talk about it openly. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

He went on to say he could understand why some men shied away from issues with their urinary tract, erectile disfunction or prostate but added early detection was important.

“The earlier we spot symptoms, the greater the chance of finding curative solutions for them,” he said.

The consultant added that symptoms do not always mean bad news and if men visited their doctor early on, they might save themselves a whole lot of worry.

“Many of the signs that people associate with the prostate can be harmless,” he said. “For example, problem urinating can be caused by the enlarging of the prostate gland, but that does not necessarily mean cancer.

“Also, erectile dysfunction can actually have more to do with the heart and can precede heart conditions that may present themselves in a few years’ time. So it’s definitely worthwhile being examined to manage, prevent or treat that.”

Despite more than 40,000 new cases of prostate cancer being diagnosed each year, the disease is still rarely talked about in public, compared with something like breast cancer.

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