Saturday 16 December 2017

Don't be slow in tackling illness - Tony

Tony Ward
Tony Ward
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Rugby star Tony Ward is appealing to men not to ignore symptoms of cancer and to get checked out after a survey revealed that one in four men are embarrassed to go to the doctor.

Tony (pictured), who recovered from prostate cancer, is supporting Blue September to generate awareness of male cancers. A survey found almost half of men would not be confident in recognising symptoms of testicular cancer.

Some 81pc of men aged 16 and over have neither checked themselves nor been checked by a doctor for a prostate or testes-related problem.

And 44pc believed that the reason for men generally being slower to visit their doctor compared to women was because they are afraid of finding out what the problem is. This peaks at 54pc among farmers.

It showed 41pc of men said they would hope the symptoms would simply go away, while one in four felt their reluctance to go to the doctor was down to being embarrassed. This peaks among 16- to 24-year-olds.

More information is at the Men's Cancer Alliance website, menscancer.ie.

Irish Independent

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