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Wall Street Journal Lists 10 Important Links
for Men's Health Information

Abstracted from article by Laura Landro, WSJ, October 11, 2004

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 diagrams.
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
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

To check your own Men's Health, check these simple questonnaires on prostate, erectile dysfunction, or low testosterone


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