Men’s health: Breaking down the myths


Dr. Adeel Sheikh, urologist at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH), answers questions and breaks down myths associated with men’s health.

Myth: Urology is all about men’s health.

Fact: Urology, also known as the study of the genitourinary system focuses on surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract system as well as the male reproductive organs. Although I see more male patients, I see a fair number of female patients – who may come in for urinary infections, overactive bladder, kidney stones and other reasons.

Myth: Men cannot get a UTI (urinary infection).

Fact: Men can get a urinary tract infection. They are more common in women and usually do not require investigation unless they occur frequently. In men, however, UTIs should be investigated after the first one.

Myth: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a normal part of aging and cannot be prevented.

Fact: The risk of erectile dysfunction increases with age, often a result of other health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. I counsel my patients to approach the issue together, talking about one’s feelings about ED and to understand a partner’s perspective. There certainly are good treatment options available.

Myth: You can get rid of kidney stones, just by letting them pass.

Fact: We do try to let kidney stones pass, without surgery. However, there are some cases, where surgery is required. The need for and the type of surgery required will depend on factors including the size and location of the stone, as well as the associated symptoms one is experiencing (e.g., fever, vomiting, etc.)

Myth: Prostate cancer only affects elderly.

Fact: Age is a strong risk factor for prostate cancer, but it can affect someone as early as in their 40s. It is most commonly diagnosed in men over the age of 65. Other risk factors include hereditary, family history and ethnicity (more common in men of African ancestry, less common in Asian and Aboriginal population). Screening using a PSA test to detect early signs or risks of prostate cancer is one of the best lines of defense.

MSH is hosting a Men’s Health Education Night on October 12, 2017. Men and women are invited to the event to hear from Dr. Sheikh and his colleagues speak about general men’s health, mental health, and urology.

There is no cost to attend and parking tickets will be validated. The session takes place from 6:30-7:30 pm in the MSH Auditorium at 379 Church Street (adjacent to the hospital), 4th Floor.

The evening will be emceed by Dr. John Di Constanzo, Urologist. There will be presentations by: Alan Monavvari, Chief of Family Medicine (General men’s health, tips to keeping healthy),  Adeel Sheikh and Dr. Avidis Boudakian (Urology) and Rus Sethna, Chief of Psychiatry (Men’s mental health – warning signs and triggers).

For more information about the event email: [email protected].


By: Yeena Peng, Senior Corporate Communications Specialist, Markham Stouffville Hospital


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