Understanding 7 common men’s health issues

The term “men’s health” covers a wide range of conditions that can have unique presentations and impact men differently compared to women. Understanding these conditions, their symptoms, and appropriate diagnosis and treatment is important for maintaining optimal health.

Let’s explore some common male-specific medical issues, ranging from cardiovascular diseases to mental health, and shed light on how your GP can support you to manage them effectively.

Cardiovascular diseases

Heart disease and stroke are major health concerns for Australian men. If you have high blood pressure, experience high cholesterol, are obese, or smoke, you have an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases.

Forty-five per cent more males die from cardiovascular diseases compared to females.

Mental health issues

Mental health concerns like depression, anxiety, and substance abuse are significant issues, with 1 in 8 Aussie men experiencing depression. But did you know your GP can help you manage these conditions or connect you with the right services? Seek help with one of the caring and discrete GPs at our practice or reach out to Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 for mental health resources specifically designed for men.

Prostate problems

Prostate conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer are common in men, particularly with age. Early detection is essential for managing these conditions effectively, so make sure you check with your GP about regular prostate screening. It could save your life.

1 in 5 Aussie men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Skin cancer

Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, and men are particularly susceptible. Regular skin checks, sun protection measures, and early treatment are crucial for preventing and managing skin cancer. The doctors at The Bright Side Medical & Skin Cancer Centre have advanced training in skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, and our team looks forward to welcoming you for a full skin check.


Many Australian men struggle with weight management issues, which can lead to various health complications such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and joint problems. You can chat to your GP about eating habits and exercise to get started on your journey towards a healthier lifestyle.


Lifestyle factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, and obesity contribute to the rising prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes. Your GP can be your first port of call to help reduce your risk of developing diabetes by exploring lifestyle changes, medication, and regular monitoring of blood sugar levels.

Chronic respiratory diseases

Conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma affect a significant number of Aussie men, and smoking is a major risk factor. If you have a respiratory illness or need help to quit smoking, your GP can support you with long-term management.

Understanding and addressing the unique health challenges you may face as a man is essential for overall wellbeing. Regular health check-ups, self-awareness, and seeking medical attention when needed are key components of maintaining good health.

Did you know men are less likely to visit their GP when experiencing a medical concern? If you know a man like this, please encourage him to see a doctor for regular health checks. You could save his life.

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