Men’s Health

In the UK 1 in 5 men die before the age of 65.

There are many reasons why men and boys don’t seek medical help. The traditional stereotype sees men as being tough and strong, and who don’t show any weakness.

Some men feel that they would rather not know if there’s anything wrong rather than face an embarrassing conversation or examination or even worse, getting bad news.

This reluctance means that men don’t seek help until a disease has progressed.

Your GP and nurse can help you. Start by making an appointment for a health check. There are also many support services that are available for men and a wide range of information, some of which are listed below:

  • Prostate Cancer: 1 in 8 men get prostate cancer. It isn’t always life-threatening and the earlier it is diagnosed the more likely it can be cured.
  • Men’s Health Forum (MHF): A charity which aims to tackle the high rate of premature deaths in men. Lots of advice on different men’s health problems.
  • Men in Sheds: A local group based in the Heatons which aims to help with social isolation through meeting, getting involved in activities and using practical skills to help the local community.
  • Mental Health UK: Men often find it difficult to talk about how they feel. Support is available. Make an appointment to see your GP.
  • Stockport Talking Therapies: Is for anyone who lives in Stockport or whose GP surgery is based there. You don’t need a GP referral to access this service.