The first of the Stornoway Gazette’s new monthly Healthy Living columns is featured in this week’s paper - and this month discussed Men’s Health Week.
Below is an excerpt from the column:
It’s a common question. In a time when women are provided with so many options for screenings, checkups, and pre and post-natal care, many men still struggle with the thought of even attending a GP appointment with a health concern.
A common worry for us all, in particular when you’ve found a lump or have noticed changes in the appearance of a mole, is the scary question... what if it’s cancer?
Statistically, more than one in three people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.
So many people are aware of the well-known symptoms of cancer, but with that knowledge comes the serious worry that your worst fears could be confirmed.
But is it really better to bury your head in the sand and not know?
Does it give you peace of mind being in the dark?
Will it go away if you ignore it?
Probably not. You may be embarrassed or concerned about the diagnosis, and that’s understandable, but you must bear in mind that the earlier cancer is found - and that is, if it is cancer - the easier it is to treat and beat the disease.
And if it isn’t a serious problem, there may be a quick and simple solution.
So, how can you help yourself get better and feel better – now and in the future?
For the full feature see this week’s Stornoway Gazette, out now.