We recognize men and women have different health needs. Some of these differences can be highlighted in these simple facts on Men’s Health:
Leading incidence of cancers for Men in Singapore
Most common is cancer for men in Singapore is Colon/Rectum cancer, followed by Lung cancer and then Prostate cancer. Remember to have annual health screenings to ensure health professionals identify any early signs. (MOH)
Men live about 5 fewer years than women
Women outlive men in every country in the world. In the United States, men typically live 76.3 years, while women have a life expectancy of 81.2 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Men are more likely to die from heart disease
Men die more often from heart disease than women do. They’re also more likely to die from the disease at a younger age, (Harvard Health Publications).
Men are more likely to use tobacco
About 40 percent of men smoke worldwide compared to only about 9 percent of women (World Health Organization).
Whatever age you are and whatever your risk factors are we suggest that all men consider the following key health tips to stay healthy. The first two are important for men of all ages, the second two more relevant to men as they approach 50.
1. Know your BP & Cholesterol
In your 30 and 40s it is about doing the basics right. This is the age where you have the luxury of time to make changes to benefit your long-term health. See your doctor to have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked - they can offer lifestyle advice if the levels are raised. Cardiovascular disease is less common at this age but does still happen, so it’s good to know your ‘baselines’.
2. Vitamin D & Testosterone
Vitamin D deficiency is very common due to the amount of time we generally spend indoors. It is linked to a number of health problems including osteoporosis and heart disease. A simple blood test can tell you whether you are deficient, something which is easily treated with supplements. Testosterone levels drop of as men get older. For most this won't require any treatment but very low levels can cause problems with libido, energy levels and erectile dysfunction. Again a simple blood test can show if there is a problem.
3. Cardiac screening
Men over 50 should have a more in-depth assessment of their cardiovascular risk. Traditionally this was done via a treadmill or 'stress' test, but I am increasingly using CT calcium scoring, a scan which looks for evidence of calcium deposits as a marker of disease in the coronary arteries, to predict heart attack. A number of factors including lifestyle and family history will help decide when this test is appropriate.
4. Cancer screening
Another consideration from age 45-50 (or younger if you have a family history) is cancer screening. The main types of cancer we screen for in men are prostate and bowel cancer although others (thyroid, testicular, skin and lung) can also be considered. As well as specific cancer tests we also run some more general blood tests to assess things like liver and kidney function.
We are dedicated to keeping our male patients healthy and will always provide confidential and trusted advise. We appreciate that some male patients prefer to see a male doctor therefore ensure there is a male practitioner at each of our clinics.