Did you know that men are less likely than women to have visited a doctor in the past year?
Men’s health in Malaysia is often trivialised, glossed over, or reduced to an unrealistic generalisation tied to fitness and physique. But it need not be the case! With medical advances today, many major health risks, like colon cancer or heart disease that men are prone to, can be prevented completely or successfully treated with early diagnosis.
Getting advice on general health matters should be easy and convenient — and that’s what our doctors are trained in.
Just as women are more prone to certain conditions, men, too, are susceptible to specific illnesses.
Prostate cancer is unique to men and is one of the leading cause of cancer death in men.
Most cases of prostate cancer are confined to the prostate gland, where they may not cause serious harm. When detected early before it has spread beyond the prostate gland, there is a high chance for successful treatment.
However, there have been cases of aggressive prostate cancer where the cancer progresses and spreads quickly.
Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), also called prostate gland enlargement, is a common condition in older men. The enlarged prostate gland interferes with the discharge of urine from the bladder and can eventually cause urinary tract infections. When the bladder is unable to empty and there is a backflow of urine into the kidneys, this will cause increasing pressure to the kidneys directly and eventually leading to failure.
Premature ejaculation (PE) is characterised by the inability to delay orgasm for more than three minutes. It is a common condition that affects 30% of the global male population. Although not medically serious, PE makes it harder for men to enjoy sex and can be a cause of frustration among couples and breakdown in relationships.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is characterised by the inability to get an erection or sustain one long enough for sexual intercourse. It is normal to experience difficulty getting an erection from time to time. However, when it occurs one too many times, ED could be a symptom of a more seriously underlying disease like diabetes and heart disease.
Low Testosterone Levels
Hypogonadism, or low testosterone levels, can cause a loss in sex drive, poor erections, low sperm count, and enlarged breasts in men. While it is not unusual for older men to experience low testosterone levels, the long term effect can cause osteoporosis, smaller testicles, less energy, and mood changes.
Male pattern hair loss is characterised by either a receding hairline or a balding spot on the top of the head. Globally, 32% of the male population would have experienced some degree of hair loss before the age of 30.
Hair loss can be associated with hereditary factors, hormonal changes, medical conditions, or simply aging. But it has also been associated with more serious illnesses like prostate cancer and heart disease.
Health screening is recommended from when you enter your 20s.
Between your 20s and 30s, opt for a general health screening that covers diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, especially if you have a family history. If you are sexually active, get screened for sexually transmitted diseases too.
In your 40s, start screening for major illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and lung cancer.
In your 50s, the risk of prostate cancer and colorectal cancer increases. It is also likely to develop age-related issues such as eye conditions, erectile dysfunction, and osteoporosis in this age group.
In your 60s, continue with annual check-ups. Try to keep to an active lifestyle to reduce the chances of dementia and depression.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that affects up to 80% of men globally, and it can start as young as 20 years old. It is often characterized by the the inability to get or maintain an erection that is sufficient for sex.
Unknown to many, ED could be a symptom of a more serious health issue, such a heart disease. Detecting and treating ED early is key to identifying any underlying condition(s) as soon as possible.
Find out more about Erectile dysfunction (ED) here.
Premature ejaculation (PE) is a condition that affects around 30% globally. It is characterized by the inability to delay orgasm, potentially causing frustration to the patient and/or their partner.
There can be many causes of PE, ranging from physical to psychological ones. Getting treated for PE helps you to enhance your relationship with your partner again, allowing you to have it going longer.
Find out more about Premature ejaculation (PE) here.
It’s normal to lose some hair once in a while.
Hair loss can be caused by heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or aging. 32% of men have experienced hair loss before the age of 30.
Hair loss has been associated with cardiovascular diseases and prostate cancer. Detecting and treating hair loss early is key to preventing serious health consequences.
Testosterone plays a vital role in supporting many bodily functions, such as sperm production, a healthy sex drive, mood disorders and maintaining and building muscle mass.
Men with lower than normal testosterone levels tend to experience a lack of motivation and energy, increased hair loss, low sex drive, fatigue and erectile dysfunction. A hormone test will indicate if you have a hormone imbalance.
Prostate cancer is the third most common cancer among men in Malaysia. While it is characterised by symptoms such as pain while passing urine and blood in the urine, early stage prostate cancer is usually asymptomatic.
Regular screening is key to early detection and successful treatment. Other men’s health cancer screenings by Speedoc include testicular cancer screening.
The most common STDs affecting men are chlamydia, herpes, genital warts and gonorrhea. If you are a sexually active individual, frequent STD testing is paramount to protect yourself and your loved ones.
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Test results will be available within 3 to 5 working days after your health screening.
We offer various health screening packages to choose from. The Essential health screening package costs RM390. It is recommended for men who wish to gain a deeper understanding of their health and is also beneficial for those with family history of diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and/or heart disease.
Health screening tax rebate is claimable. For insurance, please check with your respective insurance providers.
Men below 40 years old with no medical concerns should have their health screening done once every 3 years.
For those aged 40 and above, receiving a health check at least once every two years will help you keep track of your health and detect any chronic conditions early for prompt treatment.
Regardless of age, men with a family history of any particular disease are encouraged to do their health screening once a year. The frequency may vary depending on age and medical history. A definite time frame should always be discussed with a professional healthcare provider.
Fasting is required at least 8 hours prior to the screening. You are allowed to drink plain water. Inform us if you have experienced fever symptoms 3 days before the day of your appointment.
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