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Men’s health

At Better Health Family Clinic, we offer health care and screening specially designed to target the specific needs of men

Learn the risks you face, and what you can do about them.

Our GP services help you take control of your health. Many health issues that men face can be prevented with some lifestyle changes, awareness of risks and early screening.

At Better Health Family Clinic, we can help you avoid unnecessary illnesses and keep you healthy longer.

The Top 10 causes of premature death in men

According to the data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2008, the leading causes of death for Australian men include, in order from first to last:

  • Ischaemic heart disease
  • Trachea and lung cancer
  • Strokes
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases
  • Prostate cancer
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Colon and rectum cancer
  • Blood and lymph cancer, including leukaemia
  • Diabetes
  • Suicide

Ischemic Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one killer of men. The Australian Heart Foundation Website reports that every day approximately 98 Australian men have a heart attack. Approximately 1 in 7 of these men will die. The underlying cause of a heart attack is coronary heart disease.

If you’re over 45 years of age or worried about heart disease, ask your doctor about a heart health risk check.

To reduce your risk of a heart attack (or to aid your recovery if you have suffered one), you should:

  • Be smoke free and avoid second hand smoke
  • Enjoy healthy eating
  • Be physically active
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
  • Maintain your social and emotional health
  • Control your blood pressure and cholesterol, as advised by your health professional
  • Take medicines, prescribed by your doctor

Bowel Cancer Screening

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) invites Australians aged over 50 to screen for bowel cancer using a simple test at home.

Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world.

Around one in 23 Australians will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime. Screening is currently recommended in males and females every 2 years until age 75. Early detection is the best cure!!

For more information on bowel cancer screening or to arrange for your bowel cancer screening test please speak to your GP at Better Health Family Clinic.

Counselling and Online Support Information Services for Men

Man Therapy: Man Therapy is designed to get blokes to take practical action to take charge of depression and/or anxiety, and to combat suicidal thoughts. http://www.mantherapy.org.au/

Men’s Line: MensLine Australia is a professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men 24/7, Phone 1300 78 99 78 http://www.mensline.org.au/