Men's Health

Our doctors at Point Lonsdale Medical Group recognise that prevention is vital to improve men’s health outcomes. We understand the physical and psychosocial issues surrounding men’s health and provide a level of sensitivity that will enable men to deal with medical concerns with care and privacy. 

 

The life expectancy of Australian men is 79 compared with 84 for Australian women. Regular medical check-ups are essential to stay healthy and to pick up early warning signs of disease or illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

 

When you have a health check, your doctor will talk to you about your medical history, your family’s medical history and your lifestyle. Your diet, weight, how much you exercise and whether or not you smoke will also be discussed. There is also available a 45-49 year old preventative health check which is an extensive health check and is covered by Medicare.

 

The risk of heart disease can be significantly lowered by ceasing smoking, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight with a BMI between 20-25 and a waist under 95cm, and exercising regularly.

Chronic health conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes need to be managed, working to achieve targets which lower risk.

 

Our doctors recommend tests for checking for blood in the stools every 2 years when over 50 and a colonoscopy in those with a family history of bowel cancer.

They advise men between 19 and 32 to regularly examine their testes to check for any irregular changes or lumps testicular cancer.

 

Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a common condition affecting 1 in 7 men between 40-49 and increasing to 1 in 4 over 70. A yearly check of the prostate can help detect this and it is important to discuss with your doctor any changing urinary symptoms such as frequency, slow stream, dribbling or nocturia.

 

Prostate cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia in 2013. It is estimated to become the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in 2017, while remaining the most commonly diagnosed cancer among males. 

 

Erectile dysfunction is another common condition in men affecting 1 in 5 men over 40 and 2 in 3 men over 70. It also can be a warning sign of medical illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes or depression and needs to be discussed with your doctor.

 

Depression affects 1 in 6 Australian men. Young men commit suicide four times more than young women and men over 65 also have a very high suicide rate. Depression can be associated with medical illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or chronic pain or death of a partner and isolation.

 

Our doctors encourage men to discuss these issues and then provide the appropriate intervention and support which can include counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, referral to a Psychiatrist or Psychologist or medications.

Prostate cancer in Australia

 

The following material has been sourced from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Estimated number of new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in 2017

                                   

 

          16,665 males

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated % of all new male cancer cases diagnosed in 2017

23.1%

 

Estimated number of deaths from prostate cancer in 2017

 

 

 

 

         3,452 males

 

 

 

 

Estimated % of all male deaths from cancer in 2017

12.7%

 

Chance of surviving at least 5 years (2009–2013)

95%

 

Males living with prostate cancer at the end of 2012 (diagnosed in the 5 year period 2008 to 2012)

94,114

In the event of a medical emergency

call the ambulance on 000

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Point Lonsdale Medical Group

4 Nelson Road, Point Lonsdale, Vic 3225

Phone: 03 52580888

Fax: 03 52582900

www.pointlonsdalemedicalgroup.com.au

Hours

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday 7.30am to 7.00pm

Friday 7.30am to 5.00pm

Saturday 9.00am to 1.00pm

Sunday 10.00am to 12.00 noon

Public Holidays 9.00am to 12.00 noon

Phone Hours

Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 6.45pm

Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm

Saturday 9.00am to 1.00pm

After Hours

Outside of our normal hours of operation, Point Lonsdale Medical Group utilises the National Home Doctor Service to provide medical attention and assistance in emergencies. Please phone 13 74 25 when an urgent after-hour’s home visit is required.

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