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It's good to talk about our health

IRISH people's reluctance to talk to their doctors about embarrassing conditions is having a lethal effect on our health. That's the view of Cork TV doctor Pixie McKenna, who says lives are being lost because patients here feel they cannot approach their GP with certain problems.

Such an assertion is hugely worrying, particularly in this day and age.

Many cardiac and cancer diseases rely on early detection for successful treatment. That lives are being lost for the sake of a moment's embarrassment is truly a tragic situation.

Patients should be assured that Irish GPs operate to the highest professional standards.

If you feel unwell or are concerned about any medical condition, no matter how embarrassed you are to talk about it, you should consult a GP.

Your life could very well depend on it.

Or, as Dr McKenna puts it: "Don't die of embarrassment."