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A report on the excess burden of cancer among men in the Republic of Ireland
Clarke, Nicholas; Sharp, Linda; O’Leary, Eamonn; Richardson, Noel
The report provides a most valuable overview of the significant issues influencing male mortality and cancer risk. It helps us make sense of the existing incidence, survival and mortality cancer data. Understanding that projections indicate between 2005 and 2035 the overall number of invasive cancers is to increase by 213% or 7% annually for men compared to 165% or 6% annually for women demonstrates the urgency required in addressing this issue. The recommendations contained within are broadly in line with previous documents such as A Strategy for Cancer Control in Ireland (2006) and the National Men’s Health Policy (2008). It identifies that reducing the risk of cancer must be tackled through programmes which influence the uptake of healthy lifestyle options, to include diet and exercise, on a population wide level. Greater awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer are required to improve mortality rates through earlier intervention. This includes access to and uptake of screening programmes such as BowelScreen. It also recognises the requirement for a male specific research focus on the causative factors associated with cancers in men and an understanding of how and why men do or do not seek help at the most appropriate juncture. Masculine traits of selfreliance, physical toughness and emotional control, are identified as being in conflict with positive health behaviour such as reliance on others and requesting medical aid. Addressing these traits successfully will go some way towards addressing gender gaps in mortality and survival
Keyword(s): CANCER; MEN
Publication Date:
Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Contributor(s): National Cancer Registry Ireland
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): National Cancer Registry Ireland
First Indexed: 2014-05-14 05:50:53 Last Updated: 2017-05-12 07:19:44