New York, 10/11/04 -- "It isn't a man's world
when it comes to health care."
So says the Wall Street Journal in an article devoted to helping men
close the gender gap in getting healthcare information. The following
10 links are independent and non-commercial. They should be among the
"core holdings" of any men's health info-portfolio.
The American Urology Association's patient Web site is written and reviewed
by urology experts in partnership with the American Foundation for Urologic Disease. It includes
data on conditions such as enlarged prostate (referred to as benign prostate hyperplasia, or BPH),
which strikes about half of men by age 60 and at least 80% by age 80, as well as on the more deadly diseases
like testicular cancer and prostate cancer. In the past few years, an
array of new treatments have emerged for such conditions, and the site
offers information on how to evaluate different types of therapy. Users
can click on the "show me pictures" icon for explanatory anatomical
The National Prostate Cancer Coalition has information on treatment
and research for prostate cancer, which accounts for more than 32% of
all male cancer cases in the U.S. and 10% of male cancer deaths. In
keeping with the group's push to increase research spending, its site
provides information on how to contact local members of Congress and
allows users to make research donations online.
Mayo's Men's Health Center, accessible by clicking the Men's Health
link under Health Centers on the clinic's main site, has interviews with doctors and self-assessment
quizzes. A feature called "What's Normal, What's Not as You Age" discusses, balding, body fat and
"scrotal masses" made up of fluid or solid material in, on or around a testicle. The site also gives pros
and cons of testosterone therapy, lists recommended screening tests for men and has an interactive quiz to determine
how well men take care of themselves.
The National Library of Medicine's special section for men includes
an alphabetical list of health topics, including male breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and infertility.
It also links to other sites with news, articles, studies and treatment options; links to special information
for teens (including conditions common to teenage boys such as athlete's foot, jock itch and ringworm)
and senior citizens (osteoporosis in men, hair replacement and arthritis).
The site also links to government-sponsored clinical trials via clinicaltrials.gov.
The University of Pennsylvania's cancer Web site for consumers has information
on prostate-cancer treatment options, prevention and screening. It includes
an online service to match patients with clinical trials at the university.
The consumer site of the American Academy of Family Physicians has information
on general health, including diet, nutrition and hair loss; prostate and reproductive health,
including sexually transmitted diseases; and mental health and addictions. It offers access to medical
journal research papers written by doctors on subjects such as erectile-dysfunction drugs and their side
effects, along with patient-friendly versions of the papers by the same doctors.
The New York Online Access to Health site links to useful information,
including instructions on how to perform a testicular self-examination.
A partnership between insurer Aetna Inc. and Harvard Medical School,
the site has a men's health section that includes a primer on testicular cancer, background on eating disorders
in men and a guide to age appropriate exercise.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's site for men covers
diseases, health issues and lifestyle risks that affect men's health. It also links to information on AIDS
and other sexually transmitted diseases.
The nonprofit group behind this site supports efforts to increase funding
for men's health research andservices, including legislation to create
an Office of Men's Health modeled after the Office of Women's Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. The site includes
form letters to be sent to Congress supporting the effort
check your own Men's Health, check these simple questonnaires on prostate,
erectile dysfunction, or low testosterone