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One in five men in the UK dies before the age of 65 in the UK – many from preventable illnesses such as heart disease. Men are sometimes reluctant to talk about or seek help for health concerns or issues.
Cardiovascular (heart) disease
Cardiovascular disease is Bradford’s biggest killer and our male population has one of the highest rates of death from heart disease in the country. More than one in ten people in Bradford are affected by high blood pressure – a leading cause of heart disease and strokes. Bradford's Healthy Hearts programme aims to reduce the number of people who die from cardiovascular disease by 10%.
Many different lifestyle factors will make a difference to your risk of heart disease – including whether you are overweight and how much you exercise. Bradford's Healthy Hearts website has lots more information about cardiovascular disease, what you can do to reduce your risks and what to do if you are worried.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK - more than 40,000 cases are diagnosed each year. It is most common in men over the age of 50. Prostate cancer develops slowly, symptoms include:
- needing to urinate more frequently
- needing to rush to the toilet
- difficulty in starting to urinate
- straining or taking a long time to urinate
- having a weak flow when urinating
- feeling as if your bladder has not emptied fully.
If you have these symptoms you should go to see your GP. It does not mean that you have prostate cancer and may be caused by something else such as prostate enlargement. More information about prostate cancer, symptoms and treatment, can be found on the NHS Choices website.
Testicular cancer usually affects men between the ages of 15 and 49. Around 2,000 men are diagnosed every year.
Treatment for testicular cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer, but it is much more effective if it is diagnosed early. That’s why it is important to know your testicles and what they should look and feel like. If you notice any lumps or changes you should go and see your GP. Changes do not mean that you do have cancer, but it is essential to have any abnormalities checked. More information about testicular cancer, including symptoms, treatment and support services, can be found on the NHS Choices website.
Many men find it hard to share their problems rather than getting support when it is needed. Anyone can be affected by mental health issues but you might be surprised to know that nearly four in five suicides (78%) are by men and it is the biggest cause of death for men under the age of 35.
There are a number of risk factors that have been linked to an increased risk of poor mental health:
- previous family or personal history of mental health problems
- drug and alcohol use
- serious medical illness
- isolation or loneliness
- unemployment, homelessness, conflict or other stressful life situations.
It is important to talk to someone if you or someone you know is at risk. There are a number of mental health services available in the Bradford area who can provide advice and help you in a time of crisis.