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Doctors challenge men to take charge of their health

Men in Northern Ireland are risking their lives by ignoring early health warnings, the BMA warned today (Monday 15 June 2009).

To counter this, the BMA is working with the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland to challenge men in Northern Ireland to take charge of their health.  

This challenge has been laid down to promote Men’s Health Week, which starts on Monday 15 June and finishes on Fathers' Day, Sunday 21 June 2009. The key theme for Men’s Health Week 2009 is “Men and access to services”, aimed at encouraging men in Northern Ireland to stop ignoring health problems and to seek help sooner rather than later.

It is also hoped to encourage health service providers to reflect on the type of services that are likely to be more amenable to men.

Dr Ian Banks, BMA spokesman on men’s health issues and president of the European Men’s Health Forum said,

“Men must get in touch with their doctor as soon as possible if they have any concerns about their health.  This one decision could save their lives!”

“It is a real concern to doctors that men delay going to their GP when they feel ill. This leads to the late diagnosis of serious medical conditions. Getting treatment at an earlier stage could result in an improved long term outcome for certain diseases such as diabetes or testicular cancer." 

Men's Health Week