Raising awareness of cancer - Ignorance can be fatal to men

A CAMPAIGN to raise awareness of male-specific cancers has been launched by VHI Healthcare in association with the Men’s Cancer Alliance.

It is a laudable and much-needed response to the shocking reality that most men in Ireland have an appalling disregard for their own wellbeing and safety.

When it comes to life threatening conditions like cancer, ignorance is far from bliss; indeed, it can kill.

A survey conducted on behalf of the Alliance reveals that more than 80% of Irishmen have never been checked for either prostate or testicular cancer.

Unlike women who are far more active in checking their bodies for signs of breast and other cancers, the research also shows that the overwhelming majority of men researched in the risk category have little or no notion of how to recognise the common symptoms of testicular cancer.

At least 81% aged 16 and over have neither checked themselves nor been checked by a doctor for prostate or testes related problems, despite the fact that, in common with most cancers, early detection will invariably mean survival. Younger men, in particular, were found to be too embarrassed to raise the issue with their doctors.

The VHI’s Blue September Campaign hopes to change that.

All men in Ireland should immediately take note and consult the website www.blueseptember.ie

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