Employers need to encourage male staff to raise any health concerns

Employers need to encourage male staff to raise any health concernsFigures from Macmillan show that almost 900,000 people of working age (16-64) are living with cancer – a figure expected to rise to over a million by 2030, while the HSE disclosed 600,000 workers needed time off in the past year due to suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety. Men are notoriously bad at checking their health but according to Bupa an increasing spotlight on issues such as prostate cancer and testicular cancer earlier this year led to an increase in male health assessment bookings. In March 2018, Bupa saw a 28 percent uplift in male health assessment bookings compared to the same time last year, and a 43 percent year-on-year increase in April 2018. But according to the healthcare provider, employers must more efforts to help create a culture where male workers can open up about mental or physical problems.

Said Glenys Jackson, Clinical Lead Mental Health, Bupa UK: “The increasing spotlight on mental health is increasing confidence in men to come forward to share their problems and seek guidance. However, we still hear many concerns which are putting men off from seeking the help they may need. Employers can play a big role in creating a culture where workers can be open about how they feel and know there is nothing to be ashamed of.”

Bupa has developed a Male Health Check, designed to provide assessment and advice for prostate and testicular cancer. Within 30 minutes, customers will be much clearer about their health in relation to these male-specific areas, either identifying the need for further tests or reassure them.

Dr Luke Powles, Associate Clinical Director, Bupa UK, said: “Cancer awareness has significantly improved so it’s good that men are being more proactive about their health. The reality is that men can still be reluctant to take time out for a health check.

“That’s why we created this specific, short check-up, designed to give men a greater understanding around prostate and testicular cancer, along with guidance on risks and the need for any further action, while fitting it in easily around their busy working schedules.”