Men’s Health Negligence and Movember 2021
November 16, 2021
November is always an important month in men’s health. The month marks Movember, a yearly campaign in which many people raise awareness for men’s health; notably by growing a moustache. Due to the focus of November being on men’s health, there is also a focus on men’s health negligence. One of the themes for Movember 2021 is taking action on men’s health.
Taking Action on Men’s Health
Men’s health charity Movember state that globally, men die on average 5 years earlier than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. Which means that it doesn’t have to be that way: we can all take action to live healthier, happier, and longer lives. Their top 5 things to know and do to take action on men’s health are:
- Spend time with people who make you feel good – catch up regularly, check in and make time.
- Talk more – being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be life-saving.
- Know the numbers – at 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and PSA testing, or, if you are of African or Caribbean descent, talk to your doctor at 45.
- Know thy nuts – get to know what’s normal for your testicles and speak to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right.
- Move more – add more activity to your day.
One of the largely preventable reasons that may contribute to men dying earlier than women may be men’s health negligence.
Men’s Health Negligence
The main causes of men’s health negligence that we see here at The Medical Negligence Experts are delays in diagnosis and misdiagnosis. There are many reasons for delays in diagnosis and misdiagnosis, and they can happen at any stage; from you presenting the symptoms through to the eventual correct diagnosis. Some of the most common reasons for delays in diagnosis include:
- Failing to spot symptoms
- Ignoring symptoms
- Failing to test patients
- Incorrect or misread test results
- Failing to refer patients for further tests
If any of these happen to you, then the results can be devastating. Delays in diagnosis can cause conditions to become harder to treat, or in the worst cases, conditions can be incurable. This is especially true in cases of cancer.
When a person shows red flag symptoms, but a doctor or medical professional misinterprets the symptoms or ignores them, this can lead to a delay in diagnosis or misdiagnosis. If this happens, then you may be able to make a medical negligence claim.
Similarly, if a doctor or medical professional misinterprets a person’s symptoms, then there might be a delay in treatment, or they may receive incorrect treatment.
How we Can Help
Here at The Medical Negligence Experts, we work with solicitors who have years of experience dealing with medical negligence. This includes men’s health negligence. Everything that you discuss with us is strictly confidential, so you can speak to us without any added worry. So contact us today by filling in our contact form. Or call us on 01614138761 to speak to one of our friendly experts.