GENERAL HEALTH ISSUES SPECIFIC TO MEN
There is an important clinical role for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in accordance to national and international clinical guidelines. Dr Beatty does regularly see guys for second opinions regarding the need to start or stop TRT. He ‘thinks like’ an Endocrinologist in that he is physician trained (MRCP UK) & always investigates the cause for testosterone deficiency.
The important point to note is that Dr Beatty is unable to prescribe TRT for anything other than medical purposes.
The doctor is only able to continue TRT that was started by an Australian Endocrinologist, and he will need to contact the endocrinologist.
Please read the TRT blog prior to making an appointment regarding Testosterone prescribing – we do not wish you to be disappointed.
Conditions of The Scrotum or Testicle
- Hydrococele (fluid collection in the scrotum)
- Infection of the testicle (Orchitis) or, more common, the epididymis (epididymitis)
- Epididymal Cyst (very common, and can usually be diagnosed clinically without a scan)
Skin Conditions of the Male Genitalia
The rim around the head of the penis (the glans) may have small pink bumps called Penile Pearly Papules or ‘PPPs’ which doctors (annoyingly) call a ‘normal variation.’ Men often don’t see it this way. PPPs may be treated on-demand by Dr Beatty with cryotherapy or electrocautery. You’ll need to make a long appointment. A penile block will ensure good anaesthesia.
Lymphocoele of the penis is revealed by a soft elongated swelling near the tip of the penis. Vigorous sexual activity may block The lymphatic drainage channels causing a build-up of lymphatic fluid. Lymphocoele is entirely harmless and is likely to go on its own.
Dermatological conditions of the male genitalia include Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Scabies, Balanitis (foreskin infection), molluscum, genital warts. Lichen Sclerosus and Lichen planus are important conditions to diagnose and treat. Around three quarters of these issues may be managed at the clinic whilst around a quarter require a referral to a Dermatologist.
Breast Enlargement in Men
Gynaecomastia is enlargement of the male breast tissue caused by excessive glandular tissue (True Gynaecomastia).
More common is Pseudo-Gynaeomastia which is caused by excessive fatty non-glandular tissue. The doctor distinguishes these two by a careful examination. True gynaecomastia is fairly common between the ages of 10 and 17, and in men age 50 to 70. The two questions that need answer are:
- Is there an underlying medical problem,
- Is it a cosmetic issue?
Blood tests are helpful, and medication may be worth a trial.
Chlamydia in Australia is now more common in males than females. STD Testing in heterosexual men involves a simple pee-in-a-pot and/or blood test. STD Testing in Men who have sex with men is easily arranged through self-taken swabs.
Prostate Cancer Testing a very common issue at the men’s health clinic. Guys who read around PSA blood testing are often surprised by the controversies. Thankfully, a raised PSA is usually caused by Benign enlargement of the prostate rather than prostate cancer.
GENERAL HEALTH ISSUES IN MEN
The men’s health paradox that that:
- Men are likely to seek medical help than women.
- Yet many conditions occur more commonly in men
The following conditions are more common in men than women:
- Sleep Apnoea: 2-3 times more commonly in men than women.
- Heart Attacks occurs on average around 10 years earlier in men.
- High Blood Pressure is more common in men than women before the age of around 45.
- Haemochromatosis (Iron Overload).
- Kidney Stones: 70% occur in men
‘She’ll be right’ is a great Australian saying as long as we don’t run away from the occasional health checkup!
Many cancers occur more frequently in men than women, for example:
- Skin Cancer
- Bowel Cancer. About 1 in 21 men and 1 in 30 women will develop bowel cancer before the age of 75, yet Men are less likely to return the ‘poo’ sample than women. The taxpayers pay for the test because it is a good one. Do the Test! It will take you just a few minutes.
- Lung Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
A final mention of a tragically important health issue in men. In Queensland, 75.7% of suicides occur in men. Nearly 12 men every week die by suicide in Queensland. Male suicide is 27% higher in Queensland than the national average.
Guys often sit on health issues for a long time before doing something about them. We hope that you will feel confident enough to take the plunge and make an appointment after this brief soirée through the range of issues that we typically see at the clinic.
You may book your appointment fully online.
INFORMATION FOR NEW PATIENTS
We apologise for very limited appointment availability for new patients at this time.
Please check our online calendar for availability before you call us because we are not able to offer any other times.
- Book fully online below.
- $30 deposit secures an appointment.
- Complete the secure men’s health clinic registration form prior to your appointment – you are sent the link with the confirmation email.
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