Cancer, vitamin deficiency and cardiovascular disease are just a few of the serious health issues affecting men this day and age. But these health problems can often be prevented through early detection. So what signs should you be looking out for? Dr Amir appeared on ITV’s This Morning to outline eight symptoms in the body to watch for.
According to Dr Amir, three weeks is the magic number. If your cough lasts longer than three weeks, if you have a hoarse voice and a sore throat, it could be signs of throat cancer or lung cancer.
A hoarse voice or sore that can be signs of a viral infection, but most viral infections usual sort themselves out in three weeks.
Men are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease than women, said Dr Amir. But experiencing a niggling pain or a “heavy sensation” in the chest cold be a sign of angina.
Dr Amir said: “Walking, going to the shops and getting a niggle in the chest, and then sitting down and it goes away, you do need to worry about that.
“It can be a sign of angina.”
Dr Amir added: “This is where coronary arteries, that should be open, are clogged up.
“South Asian and Afro Caribbean people are at risk.”
If you’re over 55 and you’ve got new symptoms of indigestion, Dr Amir advises going to see your GP.
It could be a sign of stomach or oesophageal cancer.
“If you’re not having problems with the first two, then it could be psychological anxiety.”
If you’ve got a lump, funny sensation, or if anything changes in your testicals, you should go get them checked out.
Dr Amir advises checking your testicals after having a warm water shower.
One of the most common cancers in men over the age of 40 is prostate cancer.
Dr Amir said if you have problems with steam of urine, having to push harder to get it out, or dribble after, you should go see your GP.
While these can be signs of prostate cancer, there are far more common conditions which can cause these symptoms, such as an enlarged prostate.
If you go out for walks and experience pain in the calves or walk up the stairs and experience pain, there could be a problem with your circulation.
Dr Amir said: “If your blood flow isn’t as good here, it can be a sign of cardiovascular disease elsewhere.”
The TV doctor concluded: “They might seem like minor things but we [doctors] can either sort them out or point you in the right direction.”