Urology Men's Health | The University of Kansas Hospital On average, men have a shorter life expectancy than women. This is partly due to poor health education and a lack of preventive healthcare. There is also an issue of unhealthy behavior and more dangerous behavior. There is a sense of denial and indestructibility that seems to be more prevalent in men than women. Somehow it is not “manly” to be vulnerable and to ask for help. But it is not always possible to just “work through the pain or illness.” Men must protect themselves through knowledge, preventive healthcare and early diagnoses of disease. We are committed to advancing Men’s Health. This mission has also been adopted on a national level by the American Urological Association, or AUA, with the Men’s Health Initiative. Read the AUA's Men's Health Guidelines. Dr. Thrasher, Urology Chair, is a board member of AUA and has been very much involved with this initiative. Dr. Nangia, the Clinical Director of Andrology and Men’s Health specialist, is also involved in this national mission. We were instrumental in starting awareness on Men’s Health in State of Kansas, with the Governor of Kansas signing a proclamation for a “Men’s Health Awareness Week” (the week leading up to Father’s Day in June). Our physicians are specialists in different aspects of men’s health, including adolescents, reproduction, testicular cancer and sexual health, as well as male incontinence and male urological cancers such as prostate cancer. The American Urological Association has created a checklist of important men’s health issues that should be monitored from the time a young man becomes an adult. This highlights issues beyond the genito-urinary parts of the body. It also involves heart care, gastro-intestinal care and emotional/psychiatric well-being, e.g., depression and anxiety. Common problems that men suffer from include: Sexual dysfunction – erectile problems, penile curvature and ejaculatory problems. Low testosterone - effect on libido, erectile function and general men’s health Sexually transmitted diseases – need for the practice of safe sex Issues with male contraception – reversible to irreversible, like vasectomy Reproductive problems – male infertility to fertility preservation prior to cancer treatment Prostate health – prostatitis to prostate growth Prostate cancer Heart health Testicular cancer – early detection to treatment Emotional well-being – stress management, sleep deprivation, depression/anxiety Substance abuse – smoking/chew/drugs, alcohol and illicit drugs Colon cancer screening All these issues are important for men to maintain good health and hopefully live a long life. We invite readers to browse the links and contact numbers on our website and hope that they are informative and helpful in answering any concerns you or a loved one has. Our specialists who deal with these issues are: Prostate Cancer: Drs. Thrasher, Mirza, Duchene and Holzbeierlein Prostate Health: Drs. Weigel, Christenson and Jim Kovarik, PA Erectile Dysfunction Surgery (Penile Prostheses): Drs. Nangia and Broghammer Peyronies Disease/Penile Curvature: Dr. Broghammer Male Incontinence: Drs. Weigel, Broghammer, Padmanabhan, Griebling, Christenson, Jim Kovarik, PA Testicular Cancer: Drs. Holzbeierlein, Mirza, Thrasher, Duchene and Nangia Low Testosterone: Drs. Nangia and Weigel Reproduction Problems/Infertility and Vasectomy Reversal: Dr. Nangia Male Contraception/Vasectomy: Drs. Nangia and Weigel For a humorous take on important men's health issues, check out Path2Parenthood's web series featuring our very own Dr. Ajay Nangia.