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City Health invites men to check their vitals <div>This week, City Health hosted events at its Tafelsig clinic and the newly reopened Bellville Men’s Clinic (pictured) to highlight men’s health, coinciding with International Men’s Day on 19 November.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1140px;" /></figure>​</span>November is also the month where cancers affecting men (prostate and testicular cancer) are placed in the spotlight.</div><div><br></div><div>According to City Health records for the past three years, men account for:</div><div>-<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>27% of the overall headcount at primary healthcare facilities</div><div>-<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>33% of patients receiving treatment for Diabetes</div><div>-<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>32% of patients receiving treatment for Hypertension</div><div><br></div><div>‘Historically, men are less likely to seek medical care, unless it is an emergency. However, given the many health risks we face, in particular risks associated with chronic lifestyle diseases, one would have hoped for more parity by now. I want to encourage men to break the mould and step into our clinics, or consult private healthcare practitioners if they have access, so that they are able to keep tabs on their health, even if just an annual or bi-annual check up,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1425px;" /></figure>​​</span>City Health has noticed a marginal increase in the number of men who are presenting for HIV testing, from 20% pre-Covid, to 25% this year.</div><div><br></div><div>Men also account for nearly 60% of clients testing for STIs. </div><div><br></div><div>‘These statistics are encouraging, because sexual health is also incredibly important, particularly as it affects not just the individual, but potentially their partners too. However, I want our men to start looking at their health more holistically. How well do you know your health status for hypertension, cholesterol and blood sugar? Are you more at risk of a chronic disease or cancer because of your family history? These are uncomfortable topics for many, but they’re incredibly important. Early screening, detection and treatment can save lives, so please do act now instead of waiting,’ added Councillor Van der Ross.</div><p><br></p>2022-11-17T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#4dc70c10-2193-4bba-85d3-0f033ab6f0cd;L0|#04dc70c10-2193-4bba-85d3-0f033ab6f0cd|City Health Department;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#b34d7875-1906-4b8f-857c-83ba595b2cc9;L0|#0b34d7875-1906-4b8f-857c-83ba595b2cc9|Bellville;GP0|#670d3bb4-ad3c-419b-b003-0bc247c46dc3;L0|#0670d3bb4-ad3c-419b-b003-0bc247c46dc3|Tafelsig;GP0|#f85ecd40-fb1e-4970-9abc-aa18bd4486f7;L0|#0f85ecd40-fb1e-4970-9abc-aa18bd4486f7|HIV;GP0|#986dc1d5-9de8-46bc-aee2-f4911c1e5735;L0|#0986dc1d5-9de8-46bc-aee2-f4911c1e5735|STI;GP0|#0209a075-c8b5-4925-aa25-3cb127163071;L0|#00209a075-c8b5-4925-aa25-3cb127163071|Diabetes10

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