Older men’s sexual health has been a taboo subject for years. Their sex lives did not seem to matter for their quality of life and sexual problems were regarded as something to be ashamed of and kept hidden away.
Testicular cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are formed in the tissue of one or both testicles.
Testicular cancer generally affects young men in their third or fourth decade of life.
Eerctile dysfunction can be organic or psychogenic. An interview with the patient can be very helpful to uncover its origin, but this requires good communication between patient and doctor.
Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of cancer-related death in men, and the first amongst those over 75 years of age. It appears after the age of 40 and, generally, has a very slow growth rate.
Sexual activity is accompanied by vascular changes involving the autonomic (or involuntary) nervous system. Sexual arousal causes the release of a neurotransmitter, nitrous oxide (NO) from the vascular endothelium (the layer of cells lining the inside area of blood vessels, including the heart). The vascular endothelium is a nitrous oxide (NO) secretor. Endothelial dysfunction (loss of correct endothelial function) is a characteristic feature of vascular diseases.
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