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Men's Health Campaign

The campaign aims to raise awareness of men’s health issues, specifically that of men’s reluctance to seek medical help. Male soldiers are no different to their civilian counterparts and compared to females have a relative low perception of their health needs, the impact being that men are 20 percent less likely than women to seek medical intervention.

Campaign objectives

  • Private Parts at the launch the Army Men's Health Campaign.Increase male awareness to their health needs
  • Reduce male soldiers' reluctance to seek medical intervention
  • Increase awareness of male specific (high risk) diseases

Don't ignore the symptoms

Men's reluctance to seek medical intervention is well documented. They are more likely to give priority to work commitments over treatment or rest, to fear the consequences of illness and disease, be embarrassed at having to discuss symptoms and have examinations and have a self-image that encourages them to deny illness - illness equals weakness.

The Army relies on soldiers to be fit and healthy in order that they are fully deployable. Whether they are trying to tough it out or are unprepared to discuss their health issues - this needs to change. Men need to look after themselves.

For advice on improving your health and a guide to symptoms you shouldn’t ignore, see the downloads panel on the right.

What to look for

Testicular cancer

Every year 20 soldiers are diagnosed with testicular cancer, which is becoming an ever increasing issue in young men aged 20-35, the main age of serving soldiers. When caught early there is a 90 percent survival rate.

The early signs of testicular cancer are usually obvious and easy to spot. Watch out for one or more of the following:

  • a hard lump on the front or side of a testicle
  • swelling or enlargement of a testicle
  • an increase in firmness of a testicle
  • pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum (the sac that holds the testicles)
  • an unusual difference between one testicle and the other

Other warning signs may include:

  • a heavy feeling in the scrotum
  • a dull ache in the lower stomach, groin or scrotum.

Prostate cancer

The causes of prostate cancer are largely unknown but age is a factor, as is family history. It is more common in men of African or African-Caribbean descent, and less common in men of Asian descent.

The most common symptoms are:

  • needing to pee often, especially at night
  • difficulty in starting to pee
  • straining to pee or taking a long time to finish
  • pain when peeing or during sex when you have an orgasm

And less commonly:

  • blood in the urine or semen
  • impotence
  • pain in back, hips or pelvis

All of the symptoms listed above may be caused by problems that are much less serious than cancer. But if you develop any of them, it is best to see your doctor to get them checked out.