Top 3 men’s health tips — Movember

Look out for the men (and anyone and everyone) in your life and share these tips with them.

We recently asked the two 2015 Movember Clinician Scientist Award recipients that were awarded up to $450,000 each for prostate cancer research for their top 3 men’s health tips.

Dr Kate Mahon:

My top 3 tips are really not specific to men. They are just sensible things we should all be doing.

  1. Stay as active as possible, both physically and mentally.
  2. Eat a balanced diet full of fresh produce. Minimise refined food products (though the naughty stuff in moderation is fine).
  3. Do things that make you happy.

Dr Ian Vela (plus bonus point):

  1. STOP SMOKING — the single most important preventative health measure possible is to stop smoking.
  2. Look after your heart — Cardiac disease is still the number one killer of men. From an urologist’s perspective, I also tell my patients what is good for the heart is good for the prostate — another good reason to get on board!
  3. See your GP for a check up yearly — An informed discussion regarding risks and benefits should be held with your GP (and/or your urologist) regarding screening for prostate cancer via a PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test and digital rectal examination of the prostate.
  4. Men should perform monthly self-examination of their testicles to check for changes/lumps just as women are encouraged to perform monthly self-examination of their breasts.

To end with a good quote from Dr Ian Vela:

“You get your car serviced regularly before there is a problem — why would your body be any different?”

For more information about prostate cancer, check out the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia website.

Originally published on The Royal Institution of Australia: