Monday, 13 June 2016

Andrology Australia is starting the conversation about men’s health

Andrology (from Ancient Greek: ἀνήρ, anēr, genitive ἀνδρός, andros, "man"; and -λογία, -logia) is the medical specialty that deals with male health, particularly relating to the problems of the male reproductive system and urological problems that are unique to men. It is also known as "the science of men".

Men’s Health Week is a time to promote good health and wellbeing. Men might find personal issues difficult to talk about but it’s important for them to know that if something is not quite right, or not working the way it should, they need to talk to a doctor.

Many countries celebrate International Men’s Health Week (IMHW) during the second week in June. The aim of IMHW is to increase awareness of male health issues on a global level and to encourage inter- and intra-national institutions to develop health policies and services that meet men’s health needs.

Since 2013, Andrology Australia has been based at SPHPM and the program is a unique one that offers a ‘centre without walls’ that operates nationally. The team at Andrology Australia bring together health and education experts and organisations from across Australia to develop collaborative strategies to raise the awareness of male reproductive health disorders and their associations with chronic disease.

Andrology Australia provides information about men’s reproductive health issues and raise awareness. Topics include sexual dysfunction (including erectile dysfunction), testosterone deficiency, male infertility, prostate disease (including prostate cancer) and testicular disorders (including testicular cancer).

Dr Geoff Broomhall representing Andrology Australia will be presenting a special Men’s Health Week talk for Monash staff this week at a number of campus locations. The talk will include a discussion around common health issues affecting males at different ages, different symptoms, and how to approach your doctor to discuss your worries. Particular emphasis will be on prostate disease, both benign and malignant, preventative health care and the role of Andrology in male health.

One in three Australian men over 40 is affected by a reproductive health disorder, and one in five men over the age of 40 will experience erectile dysfunction. Many men won’t know that such symptoms could be an early warning sign of something more serious, possibly heart disease or diabetes.

Many men also experience trouble with their waterworks, which is concerning because about half of Australian men will experience a prostate problem at some point in their lives such as prostate enlargement, prostatitis or prostate cancer. Constant drips or a weak stream can be a sign of an enlarged prostate.

Encourage the conversation during Men’s Health Week, 13-19 June 2016, and visit Andrology Australia’s website for more information or check out their video message below. 

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