Checkups urged for men
The Cancer Society is challenging men to have regular health checks.
The society wants to remind men of the importance of seeing a health professional more often.
“Men are more likely to die younger than women, be diagnosed with and die of cancer, and die early of a range of other preventable diseases,” Cancer Society chief executive Dalton Kelly says.
A recent Cancer Society survey shows one in three men over 50 never discuss cancer risks with their GP.
“They don’t want to know so they ignore it in the hope that ‘she’ll be right’ and whatever it is will go away,” Mr Kelly says.
“Most men take their car in for an annual service, but they don’t extend that common sense to their own bodies. It’s a very small investment to make in their health and it could save their lives.”
The society has a scorecard so men can check for health risks at www.menshealth challenge.org.nz.