BMI The Alexandra Hospital has enlisted the help of former England and Manchester City player, Mike Summerbee, to educate the region’s men about the most common diseases and their symptoms, and to encourage them not to suffer in silence if they have health problems.
Mike, whose father died from Addison’s disease at the age of 39, will be attending The Alexandra Hospital’s men’s health event on 9 July to talk about his experience and will be accompanied by a range of leading specialists at the hospital including cardiologists, urologists and vascular surgeons offering advice and free mini-consultations to males across Greater Manchester.
Mike commented: “I was delighted to be asked to support this worthwhile event at The Alexandra Hospital and would encourage men suffering with health problems to register to have a free mini-consultation with a specialist.”
Diseases of the heart and circulatory system are the UK’s biggest killers and currently account for almost 200,000 deaths every year, with 1 in 5 men dying from heart disease in the UK. Prostate cancer closely follows, with 35,000 men in Britain diagnosed with this cancer annually yet many men are still unaware of the symptoms of the diseaseiii despite research demonstrating that early detection of prostate cancer can make a big difference in a patient’s outcome.
Consultant Cardiologist Dr Neil Davidson, who will be providing mini-consultations at the men’s health event, added: “As Greater Manchester has one of the highest rates for cardiovascular disease in Britain, which is more prevalent in males than females, it’s important that the region’s men know what symptoms to look out for to ensure early detection and treatment of disease.
“We hope that through this awareness campaign, men will develop a better understanding of common conditions and persistent symptoms, and will feel more confident about talking to their GPs and men’s health specialists if they do suspect they have a problem.”
For more information about the men’s health event on 9 July, 10am to 1pm, at BMI The Alexandra Hospital please visit www.bmihealthcare.co.uk/alexandra or to book a free five minute consultation at the event please call 0800 096 3147.