Cancer is more likely to affect men than women, according to Cancer Research UK.
Men are currently 60 per cent more likely to get cancer than women, and 70 per cent more likely to die from it.
It is thought that one of the reasons for this is that men are less quick to seek professional help about their health.
Research conducted by Nuffield Health has revealed that almost half of UK men delay seeing a GP about a concern.
However, it is just as important they seek help as soon as women, as this could lead to an earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment.
The Movember campaign is this month aiming to raise awareness of common conditions affecting men, including prostate and testicular cancers, as well as mental health and physical inactivity.
To coincide, Nuffield Health have revealed advice about how partners can spot whether a man in their life is not opening up about a health concern so that you can encourage them to see a doctor.
His body hurts
“This may sound broad, but it’s crucially important,” explained Auldric Ratajczak, deputy medical director at Nuffield Health.
“Ageing can trick men into thinking pain is normal.
“Any kind of joint pain can quickly begin to affect his quality of life and back pain can be especially debilitating.
“Aches and pains can be signs of cancer but this is rarely the case. Diagnosing the source of the pain will help put both of your minds at rest.”
“Testicular cancer is rare but most common in men under 40.
“If he’s complained about a dull ache or heavy feeling in the scrotum he should get it checked.
“In fact, all men under 40 should have a testicular examination – most don’t.”
“Breathlessness could be a result of failing fitness, cardiovascular problems or in rare cases, cancer. All three are important,” said Ratajczak.
“Fitness is known to be better than blood pressure or cholesterol level as a predictor of all-cause mortality, so being unfit is not something he can afford to ignore.
“Experiencing chest pain regularly can’t be put down to indigestion without a proper diagnosis.
“If he has heart health issues, he needs to know for sure and get advice from a health professional.”
“Depression, anxiety and stress have long been taboo subjects for men and are among the issues they are least likely to talk about,” warned Ratajczak.
“Visible signs of depression can include difficulty concentrating or making decisions and fatigue.
“Less obvious may be feelings of worthlessness, guilt and helplessness.
“If he’s persistently pessimistic, it’s probably not just a bad mood.”
He’s gained (or lost) a lot of weight
“Being overweight or obese increases his risk of heart disease and diabetes, while being underweight could leave him lacking energy and with a weakened immune system,” said Ratajczak.
“Struggling to gain weight could also be a sign of underlying health problems. Sudden swings in weight can also indicate emotional wellbeing struggles.”
He’s always in the bathroom
“Men are notorious for taking their time in the bathroom and if he’s simply taking a moment to catch up on sports results, then no problem,” explained Ratajczak.
“But if he needs to run to the bathroom more than he used to and if you hear a dribble rather than a stream on the other side of the door, then ask him if urinating has become difficult or painful. If he’s over 50, it could be prostate problems.
“Similarly, if he experiences recent or unusual constipation, pain while passing a stool or has blood in his stool then he should see a doctor as soon as possible.”
“Fatigue can be a sign of many things,” noted Ratajczak.
“He may be having trouble sleeping, which could be a sign of chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety or stress, or that he may be losing quality sleep with a condition like sleep apnoea.”
He avoids intimacy
“Around half of men between 40 and 70 will experience erectile dysfunction to some degree. Instead of facing the problem, men can withdraw from being intimate to avoid disappointing their partner and embarrassing themselves,” said Ratajczak.
“There are many possible causes, and getting to the bottom of it could benefit his health in a number of ways.
“Diagnosing the root of these problems not only means a higher likelihood of successful treatment, but a better and healthier life.
“If you’re concerned about a man in your life, encourage him to see a GP, or book him in for a comprehensive health assessment.”