Men's Health GP in the Shire
Our professional team at Shire Doctors and Dentists provides premium and affordable health care services for the entire family in one convenient place. Our clinic offers a variety of medical health professionals including GP medical practitioners, dentists, pathology collection services, physiotherapists, podiatrists, and dietitians.
Can you remember the last time you saw your men’s health GP or even made your health a priority, physically or mentally? We are so preoccupied with our work schedules and busy lives these days, and we forget to take care of our all-important bodies.
As soon as you get in touch with your men’s health GP at Shire Doctors and Dentists, we will help diagnose health issues and needs, and more importantly find solutions to solve your medical problems.
45 to 49-Year-Old Health Checks at Your Men’s Health GP
When you are approaching middle age (45 to 49-years), you may be presented with new or additional health challenges. Therefore, we recommend individuals who are in this or approaching this age bracket to come in for a health assessment, with this check-up including:
Unfortunately, a large proportion of middle-aged and older Australian men do not take the time required to take care of themselves by visiting a men’s health GP. Too often, men deny feeling unwell initially and brush it to the side instead of attending to the health problem. Does this sound familiar to you? It might be time for you to go for a general check-up at your trusted men’s health GP.
This health check usually takes under an hour and is highly recommended by major medical bodies, with Shire Doctors and Dentists offering bulk-billed onsite consultations. At this turning point in your life, there is plenty of time to make lifestyle changes that may help prevent the development of chronic illnesses, or at least delay their onset.
Quality Care for Men’s Health
Specific Health Issues We Cover at Our Men’s Health GP Clinic
One of the most common form of cancers in men is prostate cancer, and if you ever experience any symptoms you should definitely see a doctor. According to the data gathered in 2020 by Cancer Australia, prostate cancer was the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian males.
However, with Medicare’s subsidisation of annual prostate screening, early detection has resulted in a lower mortality rate. The most popular way to screen for prostate cancer is by taking the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test which is covered by Medicare. If you are looking for a PSA blood test today or would like more information, please book an appointment with Shire Doctors.
Approximately 8,400 Australian men are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, making it the third deadliest form of cancer. During early stages of bowel cancer, symptoms are not easily identified, which makes screening very important especially in older men.
Testing can be done at home with a kit sent in the mail every 2 years under the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program for 50- to 74-year-old Australians. If you return a positive result you are more than welcome to consult a men’s health GP at Shire Doctors and be given a referral for colonoscopy.
Erectile dysfunction means not being able to obtain or keep an erection that is sufficient for sexual intercourse. According to Healthy Male Andrology Australia, it is estimated that this problem affects about 1 in 5 men over the age of 40 years.
Many men experience erectile dysfunction from time to time, but if the problem persists you might want to consult a men’s health GP. While getting treated, your doctor will determine the physical and psychological causes and offer tailored solutions to your needs.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STIs)
Sex is part of healthy relationships but also can involve some risk. Common STIs in Australia are chlamydia, genital herpes or warts and gonorrhoea.
Signs and symptoms of STI may include painful urination, lower abdominal pain, unusual discharge from vagina or penis, rash or lumps around the genitals or anus, itchy genitals or anus, warts around the genitals or anus, pain during sexual intercourse in women, unusual vaginal bleeding and testicular pain.
If you are worried about potential STIs or are showing any symptoms, contact your trusted men’s health GP today.
High cholesterol levels increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Doctors can determine your levels with a cholesterol or lipid profile blood test.
High levels of unhealthy cholesterol (LDL) can cause complications such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, chest pain (angina), heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease or chronic kidney disease.
If you are worried about your cholesterol levels you should try to incorporate a healthy diet, regular exercise, quit smoking or if recommended by a professional, start taking medication.
Diabetes Australia reports around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes, with the chronic condition being more common in men (4.9%), compared to women at 3.8%.
In Australia, we refer to diabetes as the “silent pandemic” because research shows steadily increasing rates. This is likely driven by rising obesity levels, the ageing population, dietary changes, and inactive lifestyles.
Diabetes increases the risk for many serious health problems like neuropathy, skin infection, eye complications (glaucoma and cataracts), foot complications (diabetic foot), kidney disease (nephropathy), cardiovascular disease (CVD), high blood pressure and stroke.
However, with the regular check-ups, appropriate treatment and recommended lifestyle changes, many patients with diabetes are able to prevent or delay the onset of these complications.
Your Trusted Men's Health GP in the Shire
At Shire Doctors and Dentists, we have a number of trusted and professional men’s health GPs available who can assist you with further information on prostate and bowel problems, sexual health, lifestyle checks and other health-related questions.
Are you concerned with any of the mentioned issues, or do you have other health conditions you wish to discuss with a professional?
Book an appointment with a men’s health GP at Shire Doctors and Dentists today.