It’s November, which means that as a part of ‘Movember’, health teams in Sefton are focusing on men’s health this month.
NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are encouraging men in the area to look after their health and make sure they know about some of the most common health problems that could affect them.
According to the Men’s Health Forum, men are much more likely to drink alcohol than women and are more likely to consume unhealthy amounts.
This week (19th – 25th November) is also Alcohol Awareness Week, highlighting how much of an issue drinking can be.
The overconsumption of alcohol can have many negative effects on your health and lead to heart disease, stroke and numerous kinds of cancer.
Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It is recommended that you do not drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week – that’s about four pints of lager or a bottle and a third of wine.
“Even if you are staying within the recommended intake, drinking most days of the week, no matter how much, can have bad effects on your physical and mental health.
“Why not try and have a few alcohol-free days a week?”
If you think your drinking has become a problem and you want to reduce your intake, Ambition Sefton offers a range of services to help with this. Run by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, the service provides help and support to the residents of Sefton who have a drug and alcohol problem through a wide range of recovery focused treatment pathways.
Call Ambition Sefton on 01704 534 759 in Southport or 0151 944 5334 in Bootle.
Another health issue which has a major impact on men is cancer. Men’s Health Forum have found that males are more likely to get cancer than women. Prostate cancer is the most common type, accounting for 1 in 4 cases of the disease in men, and the cause of 13 per cent of cancer related deaths.
Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and acting chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “With all types of cancer, it’s important that men don’t give in to bravado and talk about any concerns they have.
“If you have an increased need to pee, straining while you pee and a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied, you should see your GP as these are all symptoms of prostate cancer.
“Passing blood is also a symptom you should get checked out.
“But just because you may have some of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer, but just highlights there could be something we need to look at a little further.”
For healthy lifestyle information and support then Living Well Sefton is the place to go as its mentors and partners can help people improve their wellbeing. Call them on 0300 323 0181.
For any health advice you should call NHS 111 or visit your local pharmacy.