Men’s health | Get checked today

November 9th, 2020

In general, New Zealand men live on average four years less than women, and yet still remain much less likely to talk to a GP about their health. Maori and Pacific men have even shorter life expectancy.

Men in NZ are not in great shape: 6 out of 10 New Zealand males are overweight, nearly one in four smoke (again, much higher for Maori men and women) and 40 are diagnosed each day as having diabetes.

Men’s health is something that needs to be talked about. If you have any concerns about your health, come in and see one of our friendly, approachable doctors today.

Prostate cancer

In New Zealand, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, around 3,000 registrations each year and about 600 deaths from prostate cancer each year.

Men who develop prostate cancer are mostly over the age of 65. It rarely occurs in men younger than 55. About one in 13 men will develop prostate cancer before the age of 75. In very elderly men, prostate cancer often grows very slowly and may cause no symptoms.

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Testicular cancer

Cancer that develops in a testicle is called testicular cancer. When testicular cancer spreads, the cancer cells are carried by blood or by lymph, an almost colourless fluid produced by tissues all over the body. The fluid passes through lymph nodes, which filter out bacteria and other abnormal substances such as cancer cells.

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