August 23, 2008
Doctors Urge WAG to Address Men’s Health
DOCTORS have called on the Welsh Assembly Government to develop policies to tackle serious issues of men's health.
The call comes as Wales' Grand Slam-winning captain RyanJones is raising awareness of testicular cancer in young men.
The British Medical Association (BMA) Wales said the campaign highlights the "desperate" need for decision makers to focus and develop specific policies that target men's health.
Dr Richard Lewis, Welsh secretary of the BMA, said: "All the evidence shows that men aremuchmore reluctant to admit to health problems than women.
"Men visit their family doctor less often than women and go to the pharmacist less. Just go into any GP surgery or hospital ward and women appear over-represented. Then go to a Well Man clinic and you will probably find it empty.
"All this might not matter, except for the fact that men are less healthy than women. Men continue to suffer froma range of serious but preventable disabling and potentially life threatening long- term health conditions because of their reluctance to seek professional help as well as their unhealthy lifestyles."
BMAWales' calls echo those made at this year's ARM in Edinburgh when doctors from across the UK and all branches of medical practice expressed their concern over the late diagnosis of serious medical conditions as a result of men's delayed presentation to health professionals.
Dr Lewis added: "This is where policy makers and the Welsh Assembly Government have a duty to act.
"For while it seems they're willing to tackle testicular cancer - and rightly so, they, like the men who don't visit their GPs, are content to bury their heads in the sand to the bigger health picture."
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