Men’s health gets the silent treatment

23 November 2015

With many men reluctant to acknowledge that they might have a health problem1, what can you do to help male employees pay closer attention to their health and wellbeing? Recognising and raising awareness of three particular issues is a good place to start…

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Prostate health
Problems passing urine are common in older men2. Increased toilet visits, or weaker flow, after going to the loo can indicate a prostate problem such as an enlarged prostate (although not always – it can also be down to other health problems or medicines)3. In any case, having an enlarged prostate doesn’t mean prostate cancer3 but it can be a nuisance, and worth telling a GP about any symptoms.

Being testicle aware
Any difference in the look or feel of the testicles, such as lumps and swellings or changes in size or weight4, should be checked out with a GP. Most lumps don't mean testicular cancer5, but if it is cancer, the earlier it is treated the better. While testicular cancer isn’t very common6, it usually affects younger men7, so it’s something men of all ages need to be aware of. The outlook for this type of cancer is excellent, with nearly all men being cured8.

Mental health
Around one in eight men are diagnosed with common mental disorders, such as depression or anxiety9. Feeling down for a long period of time, lacking in energy and losing interest in things once enjoyed can all be signs of depression. Talking things over with a friend or relative might help10, but if normal aspects of daily life are affected, it’s worth seeing a doctor10.

If you or any of your staff are experiencing stress, anxiety or any other mental health issue, you or they can call our Mental Health Line in confidence on 0330 123 0268^. We’ll arrange for you/them to speak to one of our counsellors who will listen and guide you/them to the most appropriate support or treatment. If treatment funded by your/their health insurance is recommended, there is usually no need to see a GP first.

^Lines are open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturday.
Access to treatment funded through Bupa health insurance is subject to your benefits and underwriting terms. Pre-existing and chronic conditions are usually excluded.

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^ Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. We may record or monitor our calls.


  1. Key data: Understanding of health and access to services. Men’s Health Forum

  2. Prostate problems – the most common prostate problems. Prostate Cancer UK

  3. Prostate problems – changes to look out for. Prostate Cancer UK

  4. Finding testicular cancer early. Cancer Research UK

  5. Testicular cancer symptoms. Cancer Research UK

  6. Testicular cancer risks and causes. Cancer Research UK

  7. Testicular cancer incidence statistics. Cancer Research UK

  8. Testicular cancer statistics and outlook. Cancer Research UK

  9. Adult psychiatric morbidity in England, 2007. The NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care.

  10. Depression. Royal College of Psychiatrists.