HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Dr Mike Clark, GP with High Street Surgery, Mac­cles­field and NHS East­ern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) clin­i­cal lead for urol­ogy WE’VE all be­come very used to Movem­ber, it’s such an es­tab­lished part of the cal­en­dar that it’s easy to for­get there’s a very se­ri­ous rea­son many our friends and col­leagues are walk­ing round with at times alarm­ing mous­taches.

Men are dy­ing too young. The Movem­ber Foundation ad­dresses prostate can­cer, tes­tic­u­lar can­cer and mental health and sui­cide pre­ven­tion – all of which are key ar­eas of work for us at NHS East­ern Cheshire CCG.

Firstly, we want as many peo­ple to live well and sur­vive can­cer as pos­si­ble – which is why we’ve made di­ag­nos­ing can­cer early one of our top pri­or­i­ties.

We’re fund­ing early-de­tec­tion ed­u­ca­tion for our GP prac­tices, tak­ing a tar­geted ap­proach to screen­ing and de­vel­op­ing a five-year can­cer strat­egy – but you can help too, by be­ing self­care aware.

Prostate can­cer usu­ally de­vel­ops slowly, so there may be no signs for many years. But you may no­tice things like an in­creased need to uri­nate, strain­ing while uri­nat­ing and a feel­ing that your blad­der has not fully emp­tied.

These symp­toms shouldn’t be ig­nored, but they do not mean you def­i­nitely have prostate can­cer, in fact it’s more likely they are caused by some­thing else. How­ever, you should still make an ap­point­ment at your GP prac­tice, if only to put your mind at rest.

Se­condly, we all find it dif­fi­cult to tell our close friends and fam­ily when we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing depression and low mood, let alone a health pro­fes­sional, but men are par­tic­u­larly prone to strug­gling alone. In­deed, three out of four suicides are men. That’s one of the rea­sons we’re com­mis­sion­ing a well­be­ing hub as part of our mental health ser­vice, mean­ing peo­ple have the op­tion to self-re­fer for talk­ing ther­a­pies, rather than hav­ing to speak to a GP.

The new ser­vices go live in Jan­uary 2017 and we’ll be pro­vid­ing up­dates over the com­ing months as more plans de­velop. If you would like to know more, con­tact my col­league Emma Leigh via: em­maleigh@ nhs.net.

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