Men’s Health

Men’s Health

Genetic factors

Brain cells die faster

Structural mitral valve difference

Heart rate slower

Weaker immune systems

React different to medications, therapies, diagnostics


Sociocultural and ethnic factors


Preoccupation with achievement and success

Restricted emotionality and affectionate behavior

Concerns about power and control

Fear and bias related to homosexuality

Factors (cont.)

Environmental factors

Physical and occupational

Behavior factors




Drug use

Lack of physical exercise

Physical and sexual risk taking

Suicide and violence

Healthcare System Utilization

Ambulatory care

Hospital care

Preventive care

Specific Male Issues

Prostate cancer

Digital rectal exams beginning at age 40 or earlier


Difficulty or pain with urination

Painful ejaculation

Blood in urine or semen

Testicular cancer

High-risk characteristics

Caucasian, young age, high socioeconomic status, family history, or mother who took estrogen during pregnancy

Specific Male Issues

Erectile dysfunction

Treatment: eliminate or reduce drugs that may be causes

Psychotherapy and behavior modifications

Vacuum devices, oral drugs, drugs injected into urethra

Surgically implanted penile devices or vascular surgery

Cardiovascular disease

At-risk Populations

Men with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Homosexual men and their families

Community Health Nursing Roles

Patient advocate



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