On average, men go to doctor nearly half as often as women. Why? It would seem that are some factors that play into this. Whatever the reason, however, it is crucial to be aware of changes in one’s health. If you do not feel well, see a doctor right away. Here are five essential health issues and symptoms you should never ignore.

Area 1: Reproductive Health

The most common cancer for men aged 20 to 35 is testicular cancer. Tumors in or on the testicles are formed by an unusual mutation in the cells that form the testes. Usually, this form of cancer is not critical. However, occasionally tumors may develop on the tested by spreading from infected areas.

Regardless, men should be proactive about their health. Checking for lumps is not cumbersome at all. Gently massage the testicles for a few minutes in the shower, and if you feel a lump or see an abnormality, take the appropriate measures. Do not panic though, because the majority of bumps are not cancerous.

Area 2: Skin Health

Moles on the body are a regular occurrence. Some appear at birth, and others develop throughout our lives. However, some moles can be painful. Beware of any discomfort, change in color, or shape. Most of all, if any moles begin bleeding, seek immediate care.

Most changes are harmless and usually are because of a non-cancerous increase of pigment cells. Even so, moles can then be checked and removed if needed, with minimal discomfort. Additionally, if you are concerned about skin cancer, limit exposure to the sun between 11 am and 3 pm. Dress well to cover up and use sunscreen with a high SPF level.

Area 3: Mental Health

Mental health is an obscure area of science. Only we can peer into our own minds. Most use meditation, therapy, or self-help books, but no one can honestly know you as well as you do. No matter the preferred method, take advantage of the tools at your disposal.

Sudden life changes—including, the end of a job, shifting in careers, death, illness, the loss of a loved one—these can all impact mental health. Yes, change can be inspirational, and in most cases can lead to new beginnings. However, our initial reaction to change can reflect our thoughts and emotions.

Interest in what was once pleasurable may begin to fade. Extreme sadness may become increasingly overwhelming. The future may start to see dim and bleak. In such a situation, do not despair! You are not alone. Depression is a real illness, and its effects can be overbearing, but relief is possible. With all of the means available by which to conquer this dark monster, there is more reason now than ever before not to give up!

Depression and suicidal tendencies in men and women are manifested differently. What is more, depression in women is, in general, more common, while the suicide rate for men is devastatingly higher.

Area 4: Inner Body Health

The inner body includes the digestive system, the excretory system, the respiratory system, the circulatory system, the digestive system, the endocrine system, the immune system, the muscular system, and the nervous system. All of these systems function independently and co-dependently of each other. However, if any one system were to suffer, the consequences could be critical.

For example, the prostate gland, when enlarged, can press on the tube that carries urine from the bladder. This hindrance can make it difficult to pass urine. Such difficulty in peeing can be a sign of prostate disease or cancer. Other symptoms include burning or pain when passing urine and waking up throughout the night to urinate. Every man has a prostate gland, and it is crucial to his sex life. So, it would be a good idea to get to know your prostate.

Area 5: Sexual Health

The majority of males do not have issues maintaining an erection. However, at some point or another, you may experience some trouble getting an erection, and this is normal. Problems with erections can stem from a lack of proper blood flow or stimulation. Complications like these are easy to solve with lifestyle changes, including exercise and weight loss. Although rare, medication may be needed.

Still, prolonged issues with getting or maintaining erections should be checked out. A doctor is best to analyze situations like these because erectile dysfunction can be a sign of something more serious.

Of course, these are only five areas of concern for a man. Nevertheless, there are so many more specifics to consider when experiencing discomfort or distress. Premature ejaculation, infertility, and other conditions can plague a man in the bedroom. Other concerns include penis size, orgasms, sexual treatments, and procedures. To read more, peruse our site or request an appointment.