Check­ups urged for men

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

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.

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