Essay on Mens Health

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‘Men’s health is defined as the holistic management of health conditions and risks that are most common or specific to men in order to promote optimal physical, emotional and social health’. Male sexual health is important, however, men’s health goes beyond sexual and reproductive health (The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 2007). Skills are developed by nurses allowing them to treat patients in all of the different levels of disease prevention. By conducting a patient health assessment a nurse can then begin to promote health and illness prevention by assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing and evaluating the patient to better help their current health concerns and /or issues (Berman et al. 2010). In the case of a …show more content…
2010). The client, male 29 years of age, diagnosed with a testicular tumour which has extended into the bladder, has reported urinary retention, incontinence and pain. It is within the assessment stage that Gordon’s’ functional health patterns are used as a guide for establishing a comprehensive nursing data base for this patient. The body systems model is appropriate as it focuses on abnormalities of the anatomic system including the, integumentary system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, gastrointestinal system, genitourinary system, reproductive system and immune system. The 11 categories make possible a systematic and standardised approach to data collection, and enable the nurse to determine the following aspects of health and human function (Berman et al. 2010).

The diagnosis of testicular cancer in men is commonly found by the discovery of a lump on a testicle, as in this case or that the testicles are notably swollen or larger. Sometimes the lump can cause pain, but most of the time it is not painful. In some men with testicular cancer they may mention a feeling of heaviness or aching in the lower abdomen or scrotum (Cancer.org 2011). A physical exam will be undertaken by an urologist and to confirm the diagnosis of a solid mass found a scrotal ultrasound is used. Blood tests are taken for tumour markers: alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), human