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10 Symptoms Men Shouldn't Ignore

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Never mind the annual men’s health checkup—many men don’t make a doctor’s appointment until they’re wincing in pain.

In fact, men are 25% less likely than women to have seen a healthcare provider in the past year, according to the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

We asked Cedars-Sinai doctors which symptoms men most commonly ignore—and shouldn’t. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these, a trip to your primary care physician could be in order.

10 Symptoms Men Often Ignore
Odd-looking moles and other skin irregularities

Did that mole change color, shape, or size? Maybe there’s an irregular border. "I love when patients come in and note that a particular growth has changed or is new," says Cedars-Sinai dermatologist Dr. Joyce N. Fox. "Their monitoring of their own and their partner’s skin is part of their proactive care that gives me hope." Timely intervention is critical. Men should take action when they see those telltale cancer signs, along with rough patches of skin or sores that won’t heal.

Excessive snoring

Is your own snoring waking you—or your partner—up at night? That could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Sleep apnea can wake the snorer and interrupt breathing, leading to daytime fatigue and greater risk of high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, and stroke. If sleeping on your side or stomach doesn’t help, then it’s time for an appointment with a sleep specialist who can make the appropriate diagnosis. Recommended treatments include a CPAP breathing device for continuous airway pressure, a dental appliance to change jaw and tongue position at night, and similar devices.

Change in bowel habits
Frequent heartburn

Excessive thirst
Chest pain

Shortness of breath
Trouble with vision
Frequent fatigue
Memory loss