Sports legends want men to talk about cancer

Health experts and cancer survivors have joined forces to ‘Get Men Talking’ this November, as part of a Marie Keating Foundation campaign.

Two sporting legends and cancer survivors, the GAA’s Sean Boylan, and former rugby international, Tony Ward, joined Dr Noel McCaffrey, an expert in preventative medicine, to call on men to reduce their risk of cancer by following ten simple steps.

Four free men’s health seminars are taking place in Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and Letterkenny from Tuesday, November 24 to Thursday, November 26.

Speaking at the launch of the Get Men Talking campaign, Mr Boylan, former manager of the All-Ireland-winning Meath football team, said: “Before I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I would never have spoken much about my health.

“However, now I’m proud to speak with other men about the need to check themselves, and speak to their GP about any lumps, bumps, aches or pains.

“We all want to live long and happy lives and being responsible for our own health is key to this. I would encourage all men to register for their nearest Get Men Talking seminar — they’re free and will be interesting and informative.”

Dr McCaffrey said: “Everyone has a fear of cancer. It is important for all men to understand that we, ourselves, need to take responsibility for our own health.

“If we change our lifestyle by increasing our exercise participation, eating a healthy diet and avoiding exposure to known, high-risk activities, we can reduce our risk of developing cancer and many other chronic illnesses.

“We can also greatly improve our ability to live a healthy and fulfilling life, during and after cancer treatment.”

Liz Yeates, CEO of the Marie Keating Foundation, added: “We are constantly hearing confusing messages about things we should be doing to stay healthy.

“Actually, there are simple, straightforward things that men can start doing right. The Get Men Talking seminars are taking place towards the end of November in Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and Letterkenny. All the events are free of charge. but registration is essential.”

  • www.mariekeating.ie for more information.

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