Every year in the Ballymoney area, 87 men are diagnosed with and 35 men die from cancer.
As part of its male cancer awareness campaign in June, Action Man, leading local cancer charity Action Cancer is offering 700 free M.O.T. health checks for men across Northern Ireland.
The male cancer awareness campaign aims to encourage men to ‘Get a Grip’ of their health and to highlight awareness of the signs and symptoms of male specific cancers.
Malachy Nixon, Action Cancer’s Male Health Promotion Officer, explained why: “Every year in Northern Ireland there are approximately 4,000 men diagnosed with cancer - that’s 11 men every day. Although men are 16% more likely to develop cancer than women, they are 40% more likely to die from the disease. This has been attributed to poor lifestyle choices, such as diet, and reluctance to discuss personal health matters.
“As over half of all cancers could be prevented with the right lifestyle choices our MOT health checks present men with a snap shot of their general health which can empower them to make more positive choices in the future.”
The free M.O.T. health checks incorporate a number of assessments including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, as well as lifestyle advice and information on male specific cancers. These checks do not diagnose cancer but aim to increase awareness.
Over June the M.O.T. health checks will be available from Action Cancer House, Belfast, at four Regional Men’s Health Clinics across Northern Ireland (Enniskillen, Newry, Derry / L’Derry and Ballymena) and onboard our Big Bus.
Contact Action Cancer House, Belfast or hop onboard the Big Bus visit www.actioncancer.orgor call Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344.