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Men’s Health: ‘It’s easy to ignore a health problem and hope it will go away – but that is no way forward’

Men’s Health Week starts today and Tom Barrett advocates others to visit their doctor over any medical concerns after his visit to the GP for a routine issue led to the discovery of prostate cancer and leukaemia

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Tom Barrett who is urging men to keep a check on their health. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Tom Barrett who is urging men to keep a check on their health. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Kevin O’Hagan, cancer prevention manager at the Irish Cancer Society

Kevin O’Hagan, cancer prevention manager at the Irish Cancer Society

Tom Barrett who received treatment for prostate cancer. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Tom Barrett who received treatment for prostate cancer. Photo: Gerry Mooney

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Tom Barrett who is urging men to keep a check on their health. Photo: Gerry Mooney

More than 13,100 men and 11,600 women are diagnosed with invasive cancer each year in Ireland, but women are more likely to seek medical advice sooner than their male counterparts.

During Men’s Health Week, which starts today and runs until June 19, health officials hope to encourage men to visit their GP over any health concerns whatsoever that may arise.


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