More than 48,000 Australian men die each year from diseases that may have been prevented by a trip to the doctor.

Men's conditions are often complicated by the fact that men are more likely to avoid medical treatment of any kind and are often diagnosed late.

On average 1 in 8 men will have depression and 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety at some stage in their lives. Women are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, but men are less likely to talk about it. Depression is a risk factor for suicide and in Australia there are estimated to be 2.200 suicides each year, 80 per cent are by men, an average of 5 men taking their lives every day. Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 44 years. Depression and anxiety are illnesses, not weaknesses and effective treatments are available.

The Movember Movement suggests a Well Men's Check, like a service on your car - to keep you in good running order and detect problems early: things to check are

chassis - ( hip to waist ratio/BMI)

torsion - ( flexibility/fitness)

exhaust - ( smoking/lungs)

fuel additives - ( diet and alcohol consumption)

oil pressure - (blood pressure)

spark plugs - ( testicles/prostate)

duco - ( skin cancer)

extractor - ( bowel cancer check)

shock absorbers - ( mental health)

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